The Air Force expects to reach final agreement over an enhanced use lease (EUL) at Grand Forks Air Force Base for a business and technology park focused on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in June, Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, said last week.
Grand Forks County is the Air Force’s local partner for the EUL, which will cover 217 acres at the installation. Northrop Grumman will be the Grand Sky project’s anchor tenant.
“The agreement we’re forging in North Dakota between Grand Forks County, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman will help create one of the premier hubs in this country for developing unmanned aerial system technologies,” North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven (R) said in a statement released after a hearing held last week by the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.
Ferguson, who testified at the hearing, said the project has tremendous benefits inside and outside the Air Force and is a great example of a partnership between the Air Force, the local community and the industry in moving forward new technologies, according to the release.