OKLAHOMA CITY — An aerospace producer that produces unmanned plane plans to find its operations heart in Oklahoma Metropolis and create greater than 350 jobs over the following 5 years, Gov. Mary Fallin mentioned Tuesday.
Nevada-based Valkyrie Programs Aerospace has fashioned a partnership with the state to function manufacturing services in addition to flight operations and coaching within the Oklahoma Metropolis space, Fallin mentioned.
The governor mentioned creation of an plane manufacturing facility will assist diversify the state’s financial system and broaden its function as a frontrunner within the aerospace and unmanned plane techniques industries.
“Our gifted workforce and low price of doing enterprise together with a very good high quality of life makes Oklahoma very engaging for rising firms like Valkyrie,” Fallin mentioned.
The Oklahoma Division of Commerce labored with Valkyrie for 9 months to safe the challenge. Commerce officers mentioned the corporate has been awarded a 21st Century High quality Jobs Program incentive contract, which is issued to qualifying companies with a extremely expert, high-paid, knowledge-based workforce.
Valkyrie CEO Glenn Dawson mentioned a few of the prime aviation firms on this planet are already positioned within the state. The Larger Oklahoma Metropolis Chamber’s web site says greater than 230 aerospace corporations are positioned within the Oklahoma Metropolis space alone.
“The state of Oklahoma is properly on its solution to grow to be the chief in unmanned aerospace growth and manufacturing,” Dawson mentioned.
Valkyrie’s HoverJets are unmanned and optionally piloted plane that assist such missions as medical evacuations, extraction of personnel and tools, menace detection and firefighting. The HoverJets’ distinctive heavy-lift vertical takeoff and touchdown talents permit them to function in any atmosphere.
Valkyrie officers mentioned the prospect to combine the corporate with the College of Oklahoma’s aviation and aerospace engineering program and Oklahoma State College’s autonomous unmanned aerial automobiles program was one of many causes it partnered with the state.
“Valkyrie’s purpose is to create and keep partnerships with the upper schooling system in Oklahoma, all of the whereas growing and retaining college students with the purpose of transferring them into the aerospace workforce as supported by Valkyrie Programs Aerospace,” mentioned Steve Tafoya, managing companion of Valkyrie.
Dr. Jamey D. Jacob, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at OSU and a frontrunner of the college’s unmanned aerial automobiles program, mentioned OSU has developed a nationwide status for designing, constructing and testing unmanned plane and autonomous techniques, and presents distinctive alternatives for college students and the aerospace trade.
“OSU’s Unmanned Programs Analysis Institute brings collectively interdisciplinary experience from throughout OSU and past to supply specialised sources and belongings to assist Oklahoma’s already strong aerospace trade, in addition to the very important agriculture and oil and fuel sectors,” Jacob mentioned.