The company won’t fly prototypes of the two drones over Paris; the Valkyrie mock-up won’t be built at the company’s Sacramento facilities until early 2018, while the Mako remains a highly classified project.
But versions of the real things have been zooming across naval test ranges in Kern and Ventura counties for months.
To Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, showcasing the Kratos drones at Paris is another indication that San Diego’s burgeoning UAV industry, paced by Poway-based General Atomics’ groundbreaking MQ-1 Predator, is an international force.
“A lot of the expense of building aircraft comes from life support — keeping the pilot alive. If you take that out, you save a lot of money and you don’t put people at risk,” said Hunter, a former Marine officer who serves on the powerful House Armed Services Committee.
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