Kaman extends commercial K-MAX helicopter production

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) Aerosystems division will continue production of the commercial K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopter, the company said.

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.

K-MAX® aircraft are manufactured in the company´s North American facilities in Jacksonville, Florida and Bloomfield, Connecticut. Orders for new K-MAX® aircraft have thus far come from China, Europe and North America.

K-MAX® aircraft are used around the world for firefighting, logging, powerline 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. Additional unmanned firefighting and humanitarian missions for K-MAX® are also being developed and tested.

Kaman Aerospace Group is a segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), which was founded in 1945. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets.