(AP) -- The Navy will pay NASA nearly $2 million a year to conduct field carrier landing practice at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Using the facility will allow the Navy to stop sending some Norfolk-based squadrons to Jacksonville, Fla. to conduct practice there.
NASA announced details of the agreement on Thursday. The Navy says E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound aircraft will conduct up to 20,000 passes annually at the site.
The money will go toward upgrading the facility's airfield and conducting repairs. The Navy has also agreed to reimburse NASA for support services it uses during training.
The flights are expected to begin this fall after the Navy finishes making improvements to the airfield, including installation of lighting to simulate the deck configuration aboard an aircraft carrier.