LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The skies over Southern California could soon become the latest testing ground for military drone aircraft.
A report Sunday from newspaper UT San Diego says local companies have applied for a drone testing permit from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The proposed Southern California testing area extends from Edwards Air Force Base west to the Pacific Ocean and as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border.
Military and economic groups want the Pentagon to use the Southland as one of six proposed testing grounds to be selected nationwide.
CBS News Military Consultant Mike Lyons told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that Southern California is already home to several companies that employ thousands of workers to help build drones, and putting a test range here would be a natural fit.