U.S. Marine Corps extends use of K-MAX Cargo unmanned helicopter in theater

K-MAX

WEBSTER FIELD, Md., 1 Aug. 2012. U.S. Marine Corps officials have extended the deployment of the K-MAX Cargo, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) and reported to be the first unmanned helicopter to deliver cargo and resupply troops in a combat zone. The Marine Corps supplies forward operating bases with K-MAX, rather than with a ground convoy or manned aircraft, to reduce the threat posed to personnel by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

K-MAX Cargo, jointly designed and developed by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) in Bethesda, Md., and Kaman Aerospace (NYSE:KAMN) in Bloomfield, Conn., will remain in service in Afghanistan through March 2013. The approved deployment extension includes an option to extend its service in theater through Sept. 2013.

"K-MAX has proven its value as a reliable cargo resupply aircraft and an asset that saves lives," explains Vice Adm. David Architzel, commander of Naval Air Systems Command, which manages the K-MAX program for the Marine Corps. "The use of this aircraft eliminates the need for manned ground convoys, reducing the number of our warfighters exposed to improvised explosive devices."

The K-MAX program, developed to satisfy a Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement generated by the Marine Corps in 2010, has flown 485 sorties, 525 hours, and lifted more than 1.6 million pounds of cargo since it arrived in theater in Nov. 2011, reveals a spokesperson.

In May, the K-MAX helicopter performed a "hot hook-up," whereby personnel attached cargo to the unmanned aircraft while in hover mode. That capability is used regularly to perform retrograde missions (when cargo is carried on the return flight as well), increasing the efficiency of the K-MAX, the spokesperson adds.

K-MAX

Related Products

VPX3-453 3U VPX Virtex-6/8640D Digital Signal Processor

The Curtiss-Wright VPX3-453 is a high performance 3U VPX DSP and FPGA processor card th...

CHAMP-FX4 6U OpenVPX Virtex-7 FPGA Processor Card

The CHAMP-FX4 is the flagship 6U product in Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions’ family of...

PMC-E2001 Audio/Acoustic Waveform Generating PMC Card

PMC-E2001 Delta-sigma PMC features 16-bit resolution with 8 Analog Outputs and 4 Analog...

Related Companies

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

About Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions (CWDS) is a lon...

Innovative Integration

  Since 1988, Innovative Integration has grown to become one of the world's leading supplier...

General Micro Systems Inc

Since 1979, General Micro Systems has been providing the most diverse line of single-board comput...
Wire News provided by   

 

Press Releases

One Component, Snap Cure Epoxy Features High Strength Properties

Suitable for a variety of applications in the electronic, aerospace and OEM industries, Master Bond EP...

One Part Epoxy Resists up to 500°F and Meets NASA Low Outgassing Specifications

Master Bond Supreme 12AOHT-LO is a one component epoxy for a variety of bonding and sealing applicatio...

Low Viscosity, One Part Cyanoacrylate Is Non-Toxic and Meets ISO 10993-5 Specifications

Master Bond MB250NT is widely used for a variety of applications ranging from repair to high speed pro...

Thermally Conductive, Two Component Epoxy Passes USP Class VI Tests and ISO 10993-5 Specifications

With biocompatibility and cytotoxicity certifications, Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med is often selected for...

CURTISS-WRIGHT CONGRATULATES NORTHROP GRUMMAN ON SUCCESSFUL FIRST FLIGHT OF SECOND MQ-4C TRITON UAS

Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Defense Solutions division applauds Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: N...

Curtiss-Wright’s New Rugged Mobile IP Router Subsystem Features an Integrated Cisco® 5915 ESR Router

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division, a Cisco® Systems Solut...

VICTORY Shared Processing, Fire Control Computer, and Switch for Ground Vehicles Introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new fu...

GE Announces First Sub-Credit Card-Sized Multi-Function High Definition (HD) Video Tracker

HUNTSVILLE, AL.— OCTOBER 13, 2014—GE’s Intelligent Platforms business today announced at AUSA (Octobe...

Most Popular Articles


All Access Sponsors


Follow Us On...