Lockheed Martin to prepare unmanned K-MAX for deployment

  • 10-Jan-2011 02:33 EST

Unmanned K-MAX launches from the pad with a 1500-lb sling load during contractor flight tests at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ, in January 2010.

The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace a $45.8 million contract for K-MAX unmanned aircraft systems for a U.S. Marine Corps evaluation of unmanned cargo resupply in an operational forward deployed environment. The contract includes the delivery of two K-MAX air vehicles and three remote control ground stations to the Marines for a Quick Reaction Assessment, scheduled for summer. The unmanned K-MAX has demonstrated its ability to carry and deliver 6000 lb of cargo at sea level and more than 4000 lb at 10,000 ft altitude. The aircraft can also deliver more cargo to more locations in one flight than any other unmanned rotary wing aircraft. K-MAX’s intermeshing rotors eliminate the need for a tail rotor and allow for significantly improved lift performance and lower maintenance costs.

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