Commercial

Kaman Still Building Market for New-Build K-MAX

By Woodrow Bellamy III | October 27, 2017

Kaman KMAX

Kaman K-MAX. Photo courtesy of Kaman

A Kaman Corp. fiscal third quarter financial report included a slight 1.3% improvement in aerospace segment sales. As reported Thursday, the Bloomfield-Connecticut-based original equipment manufacturer also provided an update on market demand for its K-MAX helicopter.

With recent contracts for the K-MAX from Columbia Basin Helicopters and an operator in China, Kaman now has commitments of a total of 10 K-MAX helicopters from various operators. The company says it also has other “strong prospects from domestic and international customers.”

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The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX is optimized for external load operations and designed specifically for vertical reference flight. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds.

During a ceremony at Kaman’s headquarters in July, Kaman CEO Neal Keating discussed efforts to deepen its relationship with China and the challenges faced in re-developing market demand for the new-build version of the K-MAX, which was first certificated in 1994.

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