Oklahoma could be hub for drone development

Military drones are a a big deal and a big contract, and Oklahoma wants to claim the top spot for drone development.

Development of UAVs — short for unmanned aerial  — is growing in the United States and around the world due to the demand for remotely piloted planes, but the auxiliary businesses like software, equipment and programming all bring their own economic boost.

Drone technology is an extension of the aerospace industry, which has historical roots here in Oklahoma.

The state Department of Commerce said that 147,000 Oklahomans work in the aerospace industry, which has an output estimated to be more than $11.7 billion annually.

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