Gov. Mary Fallin announced earlier today that Oklahoma will be the testing site for unmanned aircraft system. The tests will be conducted in restricted airspace over Fort/Sill.

The robotic aircraft will be used as research in responding to tornado and fire disasters, the governor also said.

‘It's important for Oklahoma to be on the cutting edge of that research and technology and development and developing the type of skilled, educated work force that will continue to help the industry grow.’

Oklahoma is one of seven states that will participate in this program. According to the governor’s office this opportunity will stimulate the state economy and create new jobs.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expected to spend more than $1 million on the program the first year alone.

Maj. Gen. Myles Deering said: ‘It's important that we have the absolute best tools available to protect life and property,’ the Oklahoman quoted.

Work is expected to begin this fall at Oklahoma State University’s Multispectral Lab. The program will be operated by UML.

“Aerospace is one of the most important sectors of Oklahoma’s economy, supporting over 150,000 jobs around the state and accounting for more than $12.5 billion in industrial output each year,” Fallin said.