EDINBURGH, Ind. - Camp Atterbury hopes a new $1 million runway and years of experience will give Indiana and Ohio an edge in their bid to host one of six drone testing sites across the country.
The two states have joined forces in their quest for a site that experts say could pour millions into local economies. Camp Atterbury is expected to be a key factor because of an infrastructure that includes the runway and a maintenance building for drones and the facility's restricted airspace.
The military has used drones in Iraq and Afghanistan for a decade to gather intelligence and attack enemies with missile strikes.
Lt. Col. Matt Sweeney tells the Daily Journal that drones are expected to be used more commonly outside the military and create a multibillion-dollar industry.