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Sen. Hoeven wants new aircraft on the Grand Forks Air Force Base

There's a re-newed push for new aircraft for Grand Forks Air Base by local lawmakers Monday. 

Senator John Hoeven was in Grand Forks providing details to the Grand Forks BRIC committee to bring the manned E-11A aircraft to the Red River Valley.

The E-11-A and Global Hawk, which is already in Grand Forks perform similar missions.

A reason, Hoeven maintains why it should be brought here.

He also says the UAS tech park, Grand Sky makes Grand Forks ideally equipped for the mission, with experience in both UAS and conventional manned aircraft.

Sen. John Hoeven said, "Again, trying to build that UAS mission here every way we can, whether it's with the military, the guard, customs and border protection, UND, leading university in aerospace and aviation in the nation."

Hoeven will meet with the Deputy Secretary of the Air Force to advance the push for the E-11A mission.

And Tuesday State officials and UAS industry leaders will give a flight demonstration at the Alerus Center.