The U.S. Marine Corps has extended the tour of duty for the unmanned Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max in Afghanistan. The unmanned aerial system (UAS) has delivered more than 1.6 million pounds of USMC cargo in the combat zone. The agreement elongates the service of the K-Max in Afghanistan by another six months and includes an option to further extend through September 2013. The helicopter began serving in Afghanistan in 2011. According to Lockheed Martin, the K-Max cargo UAS has accumulated 485 sorties over 525 hours through late July, including a “hot hook-up” demonstration in May.
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