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Published December 17, 2009, 05:36 PM

UAV Arrival At Grand Forks Air Force Base Delayed

The Grand Forks Air Force Base has still not received its unmanned arial systems even after it was said they would be here by now. The scheduled arrival date has been pushed back to 2011.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

The Grand Forks Air Force Base has still not received its unmanned arial systems even after it was said they would be here by now.

The scheduled arrival date has been pushed back to 2011.

In 2006 Governor John Hoeven and the former Grand Forks Air Force Base Commander John Michel both said the UAV mission would land on base by 2010.

Now three years later they're still not here. Governor Hoeven says the fight overseas has temporarily left the base in their own fight.

Gov.John Hoeven R/ND: "It's getting pushed back from the funding, obviously the federal budget deficit creates more funding challenges for the military, the other delays is the use of unmanned arial systems around the world."

Hoeven says UAV's are in high demand and military money is too. The war has taken Grand Forks off the radar at least until 2011. He says just today UAV's were used in a mission on the Pakistan border.

Gov. John Hoeven R/ND: "They understand we're fighting a mission overseas and they're doing everything they can to support the new mission."

It was just announced today that early next year the first ground control stations will arrive in Grand Forks. Hoeven says that will help get the UAV's to the base faster.

Gov.John Hoeven R/ND: "Not only does it help in terms of the air force locating missions here,it creates more jobs,a robust presence,and more economic activity because its not just for military use."

Hoeven says the 2011 arrival date is firm but so is the militaries position overseas.

Just yesterday it was announced 180 airmen would start flying into the base to begin the support of the impending new UAV mission.

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