Kaman Aerospace Group (NYSE: KAMN) said that its Air Vehicles and MRO division has executed an agreement for delivery in 2017 of two manned K-MAXÂ® heavy-lift utility helicopters with Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. of China.
The orders are the first to be received from a Chinese customer, and represent the introduction of the K-MAXÂ® into China´s large and growing aviation market.
The first two helicopters will begin operations fighting fires for the China Department of Forestry.
“The K-MAXÂ® has proven itself worldwide as a very reliable, low-maintenance helicopter with high availability rates, attributes that will help meet China´s growing demand for a responsive, heavy-lift, utility helicopter” said Simon Lau, director of Sales for Lectern.
K-MAXÂ® aircraft are used around the world for firefighting, logging and other missions requiring repetitive aerial lift capabilities. The US Marine Corps maintains two unmanned K-MAXÂ® 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.
Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation, which was founded in 1945. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets.