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Governor: Aerospace firm to create 350 jobs in Oklahoma

Governor: Aerospace firm to create 350 jobs in Oklahoma
Posted at 11:30 AM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 12:30:06-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says an aerospace manufacturer that produces unmanned aircraft plans to locate its operations center in Oklahoma City and create more than 350 jobs over the next five years.

Fallin said Tuesday that Nevada-based Valkyrie Systems Aerospace has formed a partnership with the state to operate manufacturing facilities as well as flight operations and training in the Oklahoma City area.

Valkyrie's HoverJets are unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft used for medical evacuation, threat detection and firefighting that can operate in any environment.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce worked with Valkyrie for nine months to secure the agreement. Valkyrie officials say aerospace engineering and unmanned aerial vehicles programs at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are among the reasons the company will locate in the state.

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