Textron opens new drone facility

New facility will house drone training and sustainment operations.
By Geoff Ziezulewicz  |  May 11, 2016 at 9:45 AM
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BLACKSTONE, Va., May 11 (UPI) -- Textron Systems announced on Wednesday the opening of an expanded unmanned aircraft training and maintenance facility in Blackstone, Va.

The new drone facility is located on the Allen C. Perkinson Airport/Blackstone Army Airfield taxiway, moving several training and global service facilities from their original location at Fort Picket, Va., the company said.

The new facility will house Textron's operator and maintainer schoolhouse, as well as sustainment operations for the Aerosonde unmanned aerial vehicle.

Spanning two buildings, the new facility also offers access to the airport for drone operations directly outside its doors.

It will also support research on UAV integration into national airspace.

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