Drones are small helicopters that can be equipped with cameras. They will be used in Flemish fruit-growing to detect disease in crops.
Earlier this week the PXL School of Advanced Learning in Hasselt released plans for a first course on drones for its students.
The drones will be based at the old Brustem airfield. Sint-Truiden is investing a million euros in the project. Burgomaster Veerle Heeren: "It's an opportunity to invest in jobs and innovation. The figures we have today point to the creation of 225 new jobs."