Hoeven welcomes planes to Grand Sky for hypersonic missile testing program

On August 24, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) marked the arrival of 20 Global Hawk Block 30 aircraft at Grand Sky, the first unmanned aircraft system (UAS)-specific business and aviation park ) of the country located at Grand Forks Air Force Base near Grand Forks, ND

During the event, Senator Hoeven welcomed George Rumford, Director of the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC), to celebrate the arrival of the aircraft, which will be used for the Sky hypersonic missile test program Tidy. TRMC oversees the infrastructure needed to test US weapons systems.

“With the arrival of these Global Hawk Block 30s, the Sky Range program is moving full steam ahead to transform the way our country tests hypersonic missiles,” Senator Hoeven said Wednesday. “We appreciate Director Rumford’s hard work in making this program a reality.”

According to information provided by the senator’s staff, the US Department of Defense (DOD) is currently using an aging fleet of ships deployed across a Pacific Ocean corridor to test hypersonic missiles. The DOD is only able to perform four to six tests per year due to time and financial constraints.

The Sky Range program will replace ships with modified Global Hawks, which can deploy quickly, more frequently and at lower cost, according to reports.

These planes, said Senator Hoeven, “put us in a strong position as we advocated with the DOD to bring the Global Hawk fleet to Grand Sky for Sky Range.”

He also stressed the importance of the hypersonic missile program in ensuring the nation can continue to effectively counter its adversaries.

“This is critical to the future security of our country, and Grand Forks is central to this effort because of the unparalleled UAS ecosystem we’ve built and the partnerships we’ve established in this region,” the senator said. Hoven. .

According to his team, the Sky Range program builds on the coordinated efforts that Senator Hoeven has worked to establish among federal, state, military, private and academic partners in the region to strengthen both national defense and the local economy.

Ryan H. Bowman