Kaman Aerosystems (NYSE: KAMN) has 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, the company said.
The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX is a rugged low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for external load operations and designed specifically for vertical reference flight. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg).
The aircraft are used around the world for firefighting, logging, construction, and other missions requiring repetitive aerial lift capabilities. The US Marine Corps maintains two unmanned K-MAX aircraft developed with Lockheed Martin. These aircraft successfully supported the US Marine Corps in Afghanistan for thirty-three months from 2011-2014 carrying more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo.
Development efforts to increase the military mission capabilities of the unmanned platform continue. Additional unmanned firefighting and humanitarian missions for K-MAX are also being developed and tested.
Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the Aerospace Segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN). Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company is a distributor of industrial parts, and operates approximately 240 customer service centers and five distribution centers across the US and Puerto Rico.