Aircraft? Check. Runways? Check. Pilots? Nope. A new Army airbase planned for Fort Bliss will include most of the normal airport features - except for traditional pilots. That's because the new base will cater to the Army's unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones.
The complex will include a 50,000-square-foot unmanned aircraft maintenance hangar and more than a mile of runways, aprons, and taxiways, according to an announcement from the company.
The airbase will house Gray Eagle and Shadow drones. The Gray Eagle is a large long-range drone, and the Shadow is a smaller, catapult-launched drone used for shorter distances.
The Army Corps of Engineers is setting aside $33 million for the project. It goes to show how much the role of drones in the U.S. military has expanded in recent years.
The new facility is for the Army's bigger drones, but did you know it has tiny drones, too? And when I say tiny, I mean really tiny. Click here to see the Army's new pocket drone.