Lockheed Martin Kaman K-MAX at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. Photo courtesy of Kaman
Kaman Corp.’s Aerosystems division plans to extend production of its commercial K-MAX, Kaman said.
“Continued demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX have provided us the confidence to extend production into 2019 at a minimum. This is great news for operators who need the K-MAX to perform their repetitive lift missions cost effectively,” said Greg Steiner, President of Kaman Aerospace Group. “Our team has done a great job assessing the global market and working with potential and existing customers to secure additional orders for our K-MAX helicopter.”
In January, Kaman delivered its first K-MAX from the newly reopened production line in Jacksonville, Florida, to its Bloomfield, Connecticut, location.
The K-MAX is a single-seat, single-engine aircraft featuring a counter-rotating, intermeshing rotor system. More than 30 K-MAXs have been produced and are used in commercial logging and firefighting missions. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 lb. The U.S. Marine Corps maintains two unmanned versions, which were co-developed by Lockheed Martin. The two K-MAX drones served from 2011 to 2014 transporting cargo. Further unmanned systems and capabilities are being developed and tested for the aircraft.