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Drone Surveillance Program at Wallops Gets Political Backing


The region’s governors have given their support for a Navy drone surveillance program to come to Wallops Flight Facility.

The letters from governors Larry Hogan of Maryland, Jack Markell of Delaware and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, give some strong political support for the move.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wallops Island Regional Alliance, a local trade group, hailed the letter of support.

Some 400 jobs would open up with the coming of the MQ-4C Triton drone program.

For Delaware the Navy would be able to make use of resources such as mechanical engineering and aviation programs in its higher educational institutions.

The paper reports that construction of the site could begin as early as this year with as many as four unmanned aircraft along with a similar number under maintenance.

There is some competition from two other sites in Florida.

Officials expect that program will be up and running in the next four years. 

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.