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Kaman Announces new K-MAX® orders

Kaman Announces new K-MAX® orders

3-Nov-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced the receipt of signed purchase agreements for two K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopters with deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. The operators are located in the U.S. and Canada. “We are thrilled that the K-MAX® continues to be the helicopter of choice for external... Read more

04-Oct-21 C-FZVM Kaman K-Max Killam Bay, Canada (1F)

04-Oct-21 C-FZVM Kaman K-Max Killam Bay, Canada (1F)

4-Oct-2021

During logging operations, the helicopter crashed into the water and sank.  Pilot assumed drowned... Read more

Kaman Announces First Flight of Unmanned K-MAX TITAN™

Kaman Announces First Flight of Unmanned K-MAX TITAN™

23-Apr-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, announced the first flight of its new unmanned helicopter, the K-MAX TITAN™. The world’s first heavy lift unmanned helicopter for the commercial market, K-MAX TITAN™ leads the way in repetitive, heavy lift without the constraints of manned operations. With a focus on enabling safety and operational... Read more

Kaman Delivers New K-MAX® to Black Tusk Helicopter

Kaman Delivers New K-MAX® to Black Tusk Helicopter

16-Mar-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced it delivered a new medium-to-heavy lift K-MAX® helicopter to Black Tusk Helicopter Inc. of Squamish, BC, Canada. Black Tusk performs various external lift projects of every scale, ranging from aerial timber harvesting, ski tower setting, firefighting, and hydroelectric projects. “Black Tusk is a highly respected operator... Read more

Kaman Announces New Order for the K-MAX®

Kaman Announces New Order for the K-MAX®

22-Jan-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced the receipt of a signed purchase agreement for a K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. Delivery of this aircraft is expected in the first quarter of 2021 and follows the delivery of two aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2020. We continue to see demand and interest... Read more

Kaman K-1200 K-MAX Helicopter Achieves Brazil Type Certification

Kaman K-1200 K-MAX Helicopter Achieves Brazil Type Certification

7-Jan-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), today announced that the Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has issued the Type Certificate for the Kaman K-1200 K-MAX® helicopter. Kaman has been marketing the K-MAX® helicopter to various Brazilian operators, power line, oil and gas firms, and engineering companies over the... Read more

24-Aug-20 N314 Kaman K-Max Warmic, US-Oregon (1F)

24-Aug-20 N314 Kaman K-Max Warmic, US-Oregon (1F)

24-Aug-2020

Pilot killed in firefighting accident.  Pilot named here as Tom Duffy... Read more

Kaman K-MAX® Continues as a Proven Firefighting Asset

Kaman K-MAX® Continues as a Proven Firefighting Asset

21-May-2020Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced the United States Forest Service (USFS) awarded 40 percent of all Type 1, large helicopters exclusive use contracts, to K-MAX helicopter operators. These four-year contracts ensure immediate resources are available to the USFS when the need for firefighting arises. “We are very excited to... Read more

Trust International appointed K-Max distributor in UAE

Trust International appointed K-Max distributor in UAE

14-Feb-2020Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that it has entered into a strategic distribution agreement with Trust International Group (“Trust International”) for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. This reseller agreement provides Trust International with exclusive rights to market the K-MAX® aircraft and its spare parts in the United Arab Emirates... Read more

Kaman K-Max advances civil and military autonomous flight programs

Kaman K-Max advances civil and military autonomous flight programs

3-Feb-2020Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced the advancement of its military and commercial K-MAX Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) programs. Kaman continues the development of the next generation of K-MAX UAS to support US Marine Corps future operating concepts. These logistics systems add flexibility and speed of distribution to all sizes... Read more

Kaman to Deliver K-MAX® to Helicopter Express In 2019

Kaman to Deliver K-MAX® to Helicopter Express In 2019

11-Nov-2019Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced that it will deliver a new K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter to Helicopter Express of Chamblee, Georgia. Helicopter Express currently operates 24 aircraft providing dedicated services in heavy lifting, utility construction, firefighting and disaster relief. Helicopter Express placed their order in May and will take delivery of their new K-MAX® in December... Read more

Kaman Receives Order For K-MAX® Helicopter

Kaman Receives Order For K-MAX® Helicopter

31-Oct-2019Source: Kaman Aerospace

Kaman Aerospace, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced that it received a new order for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. This brings the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to thirteen aircraft. The most recent order is from a new operator, Heli Air-Swiss a member of Heli-Austria of St. Johann... Read more

Rotex Helicopter to take delivery of new KMax in Q4

Rotex Helicopter to take delivery of new KMax in Q4

12-Sep-2019Source: Kaman Aerospace

Kaman Aerospace, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that it received a new order for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter, bringing the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to twelve aircraft. The most recent order is from Rotex Helicopter AG, of Balzers Liechtenstein, which currently operates multiple K-MAX® aircraft... Read more

Kaman Opens New Helicopter Customer Service Center

Kaman Opens New Helicopter Customer Service Center

22-Jul-2019Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace (Kaman), the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced that it has opened a new customer service center to support both its K-MAX® and SH-2 Super Seasprite customers and inaugurated a K-MAX® Flight Training Device (FTD). The new facility is located on Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut campus and replaces and consolidates legacy Kaman... Read more

Kaman Awarded Contract to Reactivate USMC K-MAX®

Kaman Awarded Contract to Reactivate USMC K-MAX®

6-May-2019Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace, the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced that it has been awarded a contract to return two United States Marine Corps (USMC) K-MAX® aircraft to flight operations. Kaman Aerospace will transport the two helicopters from Yuma, Arizona, where they are currently located, to Bloomfield, Connecticut, where they will be reactivated to... Read more

Kaman Announces Development of Next Generation

Kaman Announces Development of Next Generation

8-Mar-2019Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace Group, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that it is developing the next generation K-MAX® unmanned aircraft system that will allow operators to have the capability to fly either manned or unmanned missions. Kaman expects to offer unmanned system kits for new production and existing aircraft in 2020. Concurrently, Kaman is... Read more

EuroTec Demonstrates Completion Capabilities with KMAX Project

EuroTec Demonstrates Completion Capabilities with KMAX Project

7-Mar-2019Source: EuroTec

High-performance helicopters demand a high-performance completion team. And when a leading helicopter company recently added a popular “Lifter” to its fleet, they partnered with a leader in North American aircraft completions to bring this newest aircraft to the field. EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions (EuroTec), along with subsidiary EuroTec Canada, is in final stages of completion... Read more

Kaman Launches New K-MAX® Composite Blade Program

Kaman Launches New K-MAX® Composite Blade Program

7-Mar-2019Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace Group, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced  that it has launched a composite blade development program for the K-MAX® helicopter. The multi-year program consists of design, manufacture, test and qualification of an all-composite blade for Kaman’s intermeshing rotor system. The anticipated benefits of a composite blade include smoother airfoil, increased performance, reduced... Read more

Kaman Receives Additional K-MAX®Order

Kaman Receives Additional K-MAX®Order

11-Dec-2018Source: Kaman

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced that it received its third order in the quarter for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. This brings the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to eleven units. The most recent order is from Precision Lift, LLC of Baker City, Oregon. This is the second aircraft purchased by Precision... Read more

Kaman announces two new K-Max customers

Kaman announces two new K-Max customers

30-Nov-2018Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), a division of Kaman Corporation(NYSE:KAMN), announced that it received orders for two additional K-MAX® helicopters, expanding the fleet of operators to two new customers who will take delivery in the coming months. Further, given consistent demand the company has approved continuous manufacture of the versatile medium lift workhorse aircraft with the authorization of Lot... Read more

Kaman annonces new K-Max Leasing Partnership

Kaman annonces new K-Max Leasing Partnership

30-Jul-2018Source: Kaman Aerosystems

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Rainier Heli International Inc. (Rainier), of Kirkland, Washington, under which Rainier will offer K-MAX® leasing solutions to customers. Rainier specializes in providing lease and lease-to-purchase programs tailored to meet the specific needs of helicopter operators around the world. “Rainier... Read more

Kaman to deliver three K-Max helicopters in March

Kaman to deliver three K-Max helicopters in March

28-Feb-2018Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today at HAI Heli-Expo that a record number of K-MAX® production deliveries are planned for March 2018. “We are pleased that new production K-MAX aircraft from Lot 1 are expected to be delivered to Helicopter Express and Columbia Basin Helicopters next month,”... Read more

Kaman Receives Order from Columbia Basin

Kaman Receives Order from Columbia Basin

6-Oct-2017Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today at the Helitech International Helicopter Expo & Conference that it has signed a contract with Columbia Basin Helicopters for the purchase of a K-MAX® aircraft to be delivered in 2018. “We are pleased that Columbia Basin’s president and owner, David McCarty,... Read more

Kaman delivers first two K-Max helicopters from re-started production line

Kaman delivers first two K-Max helicopters from re-started production line

1-Aug-2017Source: Kaman Aerosystems

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) subsidiary Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) announced today that its launch customer Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong has formally accepted the first two production K-MAX® aircraft built on Kaman’s re-opened production line.  The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to Guangdong Juxiang General Aviation Co. Ltd, in China, who will operate... Read more

Kaman confident of extending K-Max production to 2019 at least

Kaman confident of extending K-Max production to 2019 at least

24-Jul-2017Source: Kaman

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced that its Aerosystems division will continue production of the commercial K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopter. The company resumed K-MAX® production in 2015 after a more than decade long hiatus with an initial commitment to build at least ten new aircraft. “Continued demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX® have provided us the confidence... Read more

Kaman Extends Production of Commercial K-MAX®

Kaman Extends Production of Commercial K-MAX®

15-Jun-2017Source: Kaman

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that its Aerosystems division will continue production of the commercial K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopter. The company resumed K-MAX® production in 2015 after a more than decade long hiatus with an initial commitment to build at least ten new aircraft. “Continued demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX® have provided us the... Read more

Reopened Kaman K-Max production line reaches first flight

Reopened Kaman K-Max production line reaches first flight

24-May-2017Source: Kaman Aerosystems

Kaman Aerosystems (“Kaman”) (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that a successful first flight of a K-MAX® helicopter from the newly reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks.... Read more

Kaman Receives Orders for Two Additional K-MAX® Aircraft

Kaman Receives Orders for Two Additional K-MAX® Aircraft

6-Apr-2017Source: Kaman Aerospace

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that ROTAK Helicopter Services of Anchorage, Alaska has placed orders for two K-MAX® helicopters with deliveries expected in 2018. Ely Woods, Owner and Director of Maintenance for ROTAK explains, “We are looking forward to adding the capabilities of the K-MAX® to our growing fleet of... Read more

Kaman Restarts K-Max Production

Kaman Restarts K-Max Production

13-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Kaman is rushing to finish the second order of K-Max helicopters within a two-month deadline. During this year’s Heli-Expo, Kaman’s sales teams were working overtime to finalise potential deals. One deal is for the first batch of 10 K-Max helicopters to go to a dealer in China, who will resell them to a firefighting company.... Read more

Kaman Completes First K-MAX® Aiframe from Jacksonville Production Line

Kaman Completes First K-MAX® Aiframe from Jacksonville Production Line

19-Jan-2017Source: Kaman Aerosystems

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman) (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it has successfully delivered its first airframe from the re-opened K-MAX® production line in Jacksonville, Florida to the Company’s plant in Bloomfield, Connecticut where it will undergo final assembly, testing, and certification. “There will be a number of efforts occurring simultaneously over the next few months, including the... Read more

Pair of unmanned K-Max helicopters arrive at MCAS Yuma

Pair of unmanned K-Max helicopters arrive at MCAS Yuma

9-May-2016Source: USMC

The Marine Corps’ first two Kaman K-MAX Helicopters arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. May 7, 2016. The Kaman K-MAX Helicopter is very unique in many different ways, such as its purpose and design. It is a helicopter with interlinking rotors whose primary mission is to provide cargo load operations with a maximum... Read more

Kaman seeking Latin American firefighting opportunities for K-Max

Kaman seeking Latin American firefighting opportunities for K-Max

29-Mar-2016Source: Kaman

Kaman Corporation is aggressively pursuing sales of the K-MAX® helicopter to firefighting operators worldwide, and will be assessing the firefighting market in Latin America during the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) (Stand C44) in Santiago, Chile, March 29 through April 1, 2016. “The K-MAX is extremely well regarded for aerial firefighting, and market indicators... Read more

Lockheed Martin Conducts Collaborative UAS Demo

Lockheed Martin Conducts Collaborative UAS Demo

7-Dec-2015Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) demonstrated its ability to integrate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations into the National Airspace System (NAS) using its prototype UAS Traffic Management (UTM) capabilities. During the demonstration on Nov. 18, the Stalker XE UAS provided data and a precise geolocation to the unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter, which conducted water drops to... Read more

Kaman sells two K-Max firefighters to China

Kaman sells two K-Max firefighters to China

24-Nov-2015Source: HeiHub.com

Kaman has contracted with Chinese company Lectern Aviation Supplies to deliver two K-Max helicopters in 2017.  This will be the first time the K-Max has been operated in China, and both aircraft are expected to begin operations fighting fires for the China Department of Forestry. “This agreement with Lectern represents the continued growth of confidence... Read more

K-Max back in production after 12 year gap

K-Max back in production after 12 year gap

8-Jun-2015Source: Kaman

Kaman have announced (their press release below) that the K-Max is to go back into production.  This announcement has been expected for some time, perhaps a handful of years even, and has been waiting for a minimum number of orders to ensure the costs of ramping up the line again are justified.  Between 1991 and... Read more

Kaman Corporation Names Starr Executive Vice President

Kaman Corporation Names Starr Executive Vice President

8-Jun-2015Source: Kaman

Kaman Corporation today announced that its board of directors has appointed Chief Financial Officer Robert D. Starr Executive Vice President, effective July 1st. He will continue to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. “Since becoming CFO Rob has played a key role in developing and supporting our growth initiatives and providing financial... Read more

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

4-Jun-2015Source: Kaman

The Kaman Corporation board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 18 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on July 7, 2015 to shareholders of record on June 16, 2015. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts... Read more

K-Max flies first ever collaborative unmanned casualty evacuation

K-Max flies first ever collaborative unmanned casualty evacuation

30-Apr-2015Source: Lockheed Martin

Dangerous frontline operations call for a safe and efficient method to locate and evacuate wounded personnel. To address this critical need and help save lives, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Kaman Aerospace (NYSE: KAMN), and Neya Systems demonstrated the first ever collaborative unmanned air and ground casualty evacuation using the unmanned aerial system (UAS) Control Segment... Read more

Kaman Announces New Zealand Acceptance of First SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite

Kaman Announces New Zealand Acceptance of First SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite

2-Dec-2014Source: Kaman

Kaman Corp. KAMN, -1.14% today announced that the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accepted the first SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Acceptance occurred at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. “We are pleased to have achieved this significant program milestone, which in addition to the acceptance of the first... Read more

Kaman extends Bell rotor blade contract

Kaman extends Bell rotor blade contract

24-Nov-2014Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), a division of Kaman Aerospace Group, announced today that it has been awarded an extension to its current contract with Bell Helicopter to manufacture skin and skin to core components for several of Bell’s commercial helicopter models. This three-year follow on contract has an expected value in excess of $24 million. The... Read more

Kaman to Support the Upgrade of SH-2G Super Seasprites for Peru

Kaman to Support the Upgrade of SH-2G Super Seasprites for Peru

21-Nov-2014Source: Kaman

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that it has entered into a contract with General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft and provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft for the Peruvian Navy. The program value to Kaman is expected to exceed $40 million. Gregory Steiner, President Kaman... Read more

Unmanned Team Of K-MAX® Helicopter And Indago Quad Rotor Demonstrate Firefighting Capability

Unmanned Team Of K-MAX® Helicopter And Indago Quad Rotor Demonstrate Firefighting Capability

19-Nov-2014Source: Lockheed Martin

A team of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Kaman (NYSE: KAMN) unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations. During the demonstration, the Indago quad rotor effectively identified hot spots, and provided data to an operator who directed the unmanned K-MAX helicopter to autonomously extinguish the flames. In one hour, the unmanned... Read more

Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

20-Aug-2014Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor. During the “Extending the Reach of the Warfighter through... Read more

Unmanned K-MAX returns from USMC deployment Afghanistan

Unmanned K-MAX returns from USMC deployment Afghanistan

25-Jul-2014Source: US Marine Corps

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin LMT +1.11% and Kaman Aerospace Corporation KAMN -0.50% K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the... Read more

New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

9-Apr-2014Source: USMC

Going beyond remote-controlled technology that currently exists for aircraft, the Office of Naval Research is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) is designed to provide, “autonomous approaches and... Read more

Kaman Aerospace Soliciting Interest In New K-MAX® Production

Kaman Aerospace Soliciting Interest In New K-MAX® Production

25-Feb-2014Source: Kaman Aerospace

Kaman Aerospace Group announced today that it is soliciting interest in new K-MAX® orders at Heli-Expo 2014, the helicopter industry’s largest trade show. “We regularly receive inquiries from operators interested in buying new K-MAX® aircraft for a variety of missions across the world.  With more than 20,000 industry professionals in attendance from around the globe, there is... Read more

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

20-Feb-2014Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin LMT -0.03% received a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct a fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition experiment using both its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle and its K-MAX unmanned air vehicle. Contract terms are not being disclosed. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Lockheed... Read more

Kaman announces release date for Q4 and Full Year 2013 Earnings

Kaman announces release date for Q4 and Full Year 2013 Earnings

9-Feb-2014Source: Kaman

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its fourth quarter and full year 2013 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, February 27, 2014, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:00am ET on Friday, February 28, 2014. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (877)... Read more

Kaman reports 2013 Q2 results

Kaman reports 2013 Q2 results

31-Jul-2013Source: Kaman

HeliHub.com editor note – these are extracts from the full release, which includes the financial statements Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We achieved strong overall results for the second quarter led by the performance at Aerospace and the sequential improvement in operating profit at Distribution. Aerospace delivered an operating profit... Read more

30-Jun-13 N674TH Kaman K-Max Wenatchee, US-Washington

30-Jun-13 N674TH Kaman K-Max Wenatchee, US-Washington

30-Jun-2013

Damaged on landing.  Further details awaited... Read more

05-Jun-13 Kaman K-Max Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

05-Jun-13 Kaman K-Max Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

5-Jun-2013

Helicopter was delivering cargo to a predetermined location without the input of a UAV pilot.... Read more

US Marines extend K-MAX unmanned helicopter’s use in Afghanistan

US Marines extend K-MAX unmanned helicopter’s use in Afghanistan

18-Mar-2013Source: Reuters

The U.S. Marine Corps has extended indefinitely its use of two unmanned K-MAX heavy lift helicopters in Afghanistan, a Navy spokeswoman said, noting the aircraft kept re-supply trucks off the road and reduced the threat of roadside bombs. The Marine Corps sent the new autonomous helicopters, which were developed by Lockheed Martin Corp and privately-held... Read more

Unmanned K-Max is nominee for Collier Trophy

Unmanned K-Max is nominee for Collier Trophy

11-Feb-2013Source: National Aeronautic Association

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) today announced that seven aviation and aerospace projects will compete for the prestigious 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The Collier Trophy, the “Greatest Award in Aviation,” has been the benchmark of aviation and aerospace achievement for over 100 years.  Awarded annually “….for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in... Read more

Unmanned K-MAX Wins Top Innovation Honors, USMC Praise

Unmanned K-MAX Wins Top Innovation Honors, USMC Praise

9-Jan-2013Source: Kaman

The unmanned K-MAX(R) helicopter’s peerless ability to resupply combat troops safely, precisely and efficiently has won top honors from the prestigious magazines Popular Science and Aviation Week and has garnered high praise from the U.S. Marine Corps, which is expanding the aircraft’s role in Afghanistan. “We are proud of the Unmanned K-MAX’s performance in supporting... Read more

USMC extend unmanned K-Max in-theatre deployment again

USMC extend unmanned K-Max in-theatre deployment again

1-Aug-2012Source: Lockheed Martin

For the second time this year, the U.S. Marine Corps has approved the deployment extension of K-MAX Cargo UAS, the first unmanned helicopter to deliver cargo and resupply troops in a combat zone. By supplying forward operating bases with K-MAX instead of ground convoy or manned aircraft, the Marine Corps has reduced the threat posed... Read more

Marines find K-Max cargo unmanned aerial system ‘reliable’

Marines find K-Max cargo unmanned aerial system ‘reliable’

31-Jul-2012Source: US Marine Corps

It takes the right elements to create a life-saving capability for the combat zone, as discovered after the first cargo resupply unmanned aerial system, or CRUAS, deployment made aviation history. NAVAIR, the Marine Corps and industry partners found the right mix when they integrated a video game controller, rugged laptop and a KMAX K-2000 commercial,... Read more

A first for K-Max – cargo hooked on while in unmanned flight

A first for K-Max – cargo hooked on while in unmanned flight

1-Jun-2012Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2, the “Night Owls,” made history earlier this week when they completed the first “hot hook-ups” between landing support Marines on the ground and a hovering Kaman K1200 “K-MAX” unmanned helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 22. In the nearly 20 years of its commercial and military use, no organization... Read more

NATO/ISAF comment on changes brought by unmanned K-Max operations

NATO/ISAF comment on changes brought by unmanned K-Max operations

21-May-2012Source: ISAF

Improvised explosive devices have changed the way the Marine Corps engages hostile forces. The need has risen for supplies to reach the most remote parts of Afghanistan quickly, reliably and safely. Late last year, the Corps began experimenting with the K-MAX – an unmanned helicopter, able to transport large amounts of cargo and reduce the... Read more

Afghanistan – Two unmanned K-Max deliver 1,000,000 pounds of cargo in four months

Afghanistan – Two unmanned K-Max deliver 1,000,000 pounds of cargo in four months

17-May-2012Source: Lockheed Martin

Two unmanned K-MAX helicopters have delivered more than one million pounds in less than four months in support of the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan and will remain in theater until September on a deployment extension. The aircraft, a joint effort by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Kaman Aerospace (NYSE: KAMN), is the first unmanned helicopter to deliver cargo... Read more

Kaman supports K-Max while expanding manufacturing and rotor blade work

Kaman supports K-Max while expanding manufacturing and rotor blade work

9-Feb-2012Source: Kaman

 The Kaman Helicopters Division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN), continues to develop new chapters in its storied history with the unmanned K-MAX®; successes and opportunities in subcontract manufacturing; and rotor blade development and production. Kaman will showcase its products and services in Booth 5222, Hall C, at the Helicopter... Read more

Unmanned K-Max makes first delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

Unmanned K-Max makes first delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

23-Dec-2011Source: US Marine Corps

Unmanned systems have revolutionized combat aviation, providing a colossal advantage in the fight against terror with surveillance and close-air support. Recently, a detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan added aerial resupply to the list of UAV capabilities. The detachment completed its first unmanned aerial system cargo delivery in a... Read more

Unmanned K-Max wins award

Unmanned K-Max wins award

11-Oct-2011Source: Kaman

The Kaman Unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter has received the Platinum Innovation Prize from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc. The Unmanned K-MAX is an innovative helicopter that combines unique lift efficiency with the flexibility of programmable unmanned flight to handle a wide variety of military and civil missions. “Even in an uncertain economy, Kaman... Read more

K-Max completes US Navy unmanned cargo assessment

K-Max completes US Navy unmanned cargo assessment

7-Sep-2011Source: Lockheed Martin

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led unmanned K-MAX® team successfully completed a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. “The autonomous flying K-MAX is designed to resupply Marines on the battlefield and in remote locations,” said Roger Il Grande, director of Airborne Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems... Read more

Cargo UAS tests to begin at Pax River

Cargo UAS tests to begin at Pax River

8-Jul-2011Source: US Navy

The Navy and Marine Corps’ plans to field a cargo unmanned aircraft system are moving forward as the first of two potential UAS helicopters landed at Pax River, July 1. The Navy and Marine Corps Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Air Systems program office (PMA-266) coordinated the arrival of Lockheed Martin’s KMAX helicopter, one of the systems... Read more

Unmanned K-MAX achieves numerous “Firsts” during recent demo flights

Unmanned K-MAX achieves numerous “Firsts” during recent demo flights

24-Feb-2011Source: Lockheed Martin

Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation [NASDAQ GS: KAMN], and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) recently made aviation history with the Unmanned K-MAX helicopter by successfully completing multiple guided airdrops via sling load at 10,000 ft above sea level. In four separate flights conducted January 24-25, 2011,... Read more

K-Max constructs 120 ft tower in rain-soaked Queensland

K-Max constructs 120 ft tower in rain-soaked Queensland

17-Jan-2011Source: Kaman

QUEENSLAND, Australia, January 17, 2011 – A Kaman K-MAX®  Aerial Truck flown by Skywork Helicopters, a leading provider of helicopter services in New Zealand and Australia, recently lifted six sections of a 120-ft electrical power transmission tower perfectly into place, enabling construction workers to bolt the sections together and complete the entire tower assembly in... Read more

US Navy Awards $45.8M to ready unmanned K-MAX for deployment

US Navy Awards $45.8M to ready unmanned K-MAX for deployment

11-Dec-2010Source: Lockheed Martin

Washington, December 10th, 2010 — The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman Aerospace [NASDAQ GS: KAMN] 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 K-MAX UAS was specifically designed for the... Read more

Unmanned K-MAXs to be put to work in Afghanistan

Unmanned K-MAXs to be put to work in Afghanistan

6-Dec-2010Source: CT Now

The US Navy will pay $45.8 million for two K-MAX medium-lift aircraft, which have been redeveloped by Lockheed Martin and Kaman for use as unmanned battlefield helicopters.... Read more

Lockheed Martin submits proposal for cargo UAS services request

Lockheed Martin submits proposal for cargo UAS services request

22-Oct-2010Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (Nasdaq: KAMN), have formally offered the K-MAX® unmanned helicopter in response to a U.S. Naval Air Systems Command request for a cargo unmanned aircraft system. Earlier this year, the unmanned K-MAX system successfully demonstrated its ability to resupply troops in a simulated... Read more

Swanson K-Max moves 2.45M pounds of boulders to over 10,000ft altitude

Swanson K-Max moves 2.45M pounds of boulders to over 10,000ft altitude

13-Sep-2010Source: Swanson Group Aviation

Swanson Group Aviation based in Grants Pass, OR, recently hauled 2.45 million pounds of boulders to the top of a 10,400 foot mountain peak in Mt. Lassen National Park in northern California with a company-owned and operated Kaman K-MAXâ„¢ cargo helicopter. The helicopter, dubbed the Aerial Truck, completed the move in just over 40 hours.... Read more

Rainier and Kaman team for California fire-fighting

Rainier and Kaman team for California fire-fighting

30-Aug-2010Source: Rainier Heli-International

Rainier Heli-International, based in Kirkland, Wash., recently helped to contain a major wildfire in California’s Sequoia National Forest with a company-owned and operated Kaman K-MAX® cargo helicopter.  The blaze, named the Bull Fire after it began on July 26, consumed nearly 16,500 acres of national forest lands by the Kern River northeast of Bakersfield.  The... Read more

Unmanned K-Max wins $2.9M US Army contract

Unmanned K-Max wins $2.9M US Army contract

28-May-2010Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) announced today that the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), has awarded a $2.9M contract to Kaman’s Helicopter Division. The contract will develop enhanced mission capabilities for the Unmanned K‑MAXâ helicopter. “Under the contract, Kaman Helicopters will be adding mission equipment to a test aircraft that... Read more

Kaman Demonstrates Cargo Airdrop Flight Tests from Unmanned K-Max

Kaman Demonstrates Cargo Airdrop Flight Tests from Unmanned K-Max

4-May-2010Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (Nasdaq GS: KAMN), has proven in recent tests that the unmanned K-MAX helicopter can resupply troops with cargo airdropped by parachute. The tests add a new delivery method for the 6,000-pound power lifter, which Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Kaman have successfully transformed into an unmanned aircraft... Read more

Team K-MAX Receives US Marine Corps Contract To Demonstrate Unmanned Cargo Delivery

Team K-MAX Receives US Marine Corps Contract To Demonstrate Unmanned Cargo Delivery

13-Aug-2009Source: Lockheed Martin

Kaman Aerospace Corporation has received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps on behalf of Team K-MAX to demonstrate the ability of the Unmanned K-MAX® helicopter to deliver cargo to troops in extreme environments and at high altitudes. Kaman will award a subcontract to Lockheed Martin to integrate a beyond line of sight data link... Read more

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