|North Dakota: 178th Reconnaissance Squadron based at Hector International |
Airport (Fargo). General Atomics MQ-1B-10 Predator 08-024 shown.
According to the Department of Defense Report to Congress on Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training, Operations, and Sustainability (April 2012), there are five locations in Great Plains states that have been designated as potential basing locations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [i.e. drones] (p. 8 ff.).
The table below gives information on the types of drones that are proposed for basing at each location.
|BASE||Predator/Reaper type||Shadow/Raven type||Other|
|Fort Riley - KS||MQ1C||RQ-11B, RQ-7B|
|Devils Lake - ND||RQ-11B|
|Grand Forks AFB - ND||MQ-1B||RQ4-Blk40|
|Hector - ND||see below|
|Camp Guernsey - WY||RQ-11B|
The Predator operations complex at Hector, ND, is a $5.5 million project in the FY 2012 President's Budget.