Lockheed Martin and Kaman Helicopters announced that the K-Max unmanned helicopter has been selected for deployment to Afghanistan. The optionally piloted machine was evaluated with the Boeing A-160 Hummingbird for a U.S. Marine Corps requirement.
Lockheed Martin flew a K-Max helicopter to NAS Patuxent River to start an evaluation that will result in an unmanned airborne cargo delivery system being deployed to Afghanistan. The K-Max is competing against the Boeing A160 Hummingbird for a U.S. Marine Corps requirement.
A heavy unmanned helicopter would be invaluable for operations at highly dangerous sites, such as the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, providing another avenue to address the problem with a greater measure of safety. Technology for pilotless rotorcraft is already in place but so far has been applied only to micro drones and relatively light rotorcraft.
Two Kaman K-Max Aerial Trucks configured for unmanned operation are being prepared for delivery this summer to meet the urgent resupply requirements of U.S. Marine Corps troops in Afghanistan.
The helicopter world lost an icon when pioneer, inventor and philanthropist Charlie Kaman died January 31 at the age of 91.
The Kaman K-Max Aerial Truck (Booth No. 2521) lived up to its name in January as a K-Max flown by Skywork Helicopters of Warkworth, New Zealand,, hoisted six sections of an electrical transmission tower, some weighing more than 4,800 pounds, into place near Brisbane, Australia.
Helicopter pioneer, inventor and philanthropist Charles Huron Kaman died January 31 at the age of 91.
Helicopter pioneer, inventor and philanthropist Charles Huron Kaman died Monday at the age of 91. Kaman earned an aeronautical engineering degree in 1940 and later was employed at United Aircraft’s Hamilton Standard division, where he worked with Igor Sikorsky. In 1945, at age 26, he founded Kaman Aircraft and served as its CEO until 1999 and chairman until 2001.
Kaman K-1200, Donnelly, Idaho, June 16, 2010– The K-Max was engaged in a long-line external lift operation when part of the intermeshing twin rotor system separated from the airframe. Witnesses on the ground reported hearing a loud noise from the helicopter just before the separation. The commercial pilot was killed.
In late May, Kaman Aerospace announced that it had received a $2.9 million contract from the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) to further refine its Unmanned K-Max heavylift helicopter for potential theater operations. The contract comes hot on the heels of two successful demonstrations of the Unmanned K-Max for both the army and the U.S. Marine Corps.