New Mission for Base

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 9:35 AM EDT

By WKBW News

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 9:35 AM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will be getting a new mission involving Drones. They are unmanned planes that are much cheaper than other military aircraft. They are run by remote control.

This comes after the U.S. Senate and House Joint Committee approved a bill to allow the base to fly Drones. The base will be the remote control center, responsible for flying the planes in battle. The Drones require no manpower so it makes it safe for flight crews.

Congressman Brian Higgins commented on the new mission back in November.

"There are a number of facilities across the nation that the flying Drone project can got to but they are going to be in Niagara Falls because we prepared for this transition," Higgins said.

Without a new mission, the Niagara Falls Air Guard was at risk of being eliminated due to Defense Department cutbacks. The bill will also save some of the cargo planes that fly out of Niagara Falls but it is unclear how many at this time.

This bill will is likely to pass both the House and Senate. It should be on the President's desk for approval by the end of the week.

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