Kaman Aerosystems announced today that its subsidiary, Kaman Composites - Wichita, Inc., provided a number of components for the recently introduced Textron AirLand Scorpion prototype aircraft. These components included the wing assembly, vertical and horizontal stabilizers, wing fuel access panels, main landing gear doors and several closeout panels.
“Kaman is proud to have supported the development effort for the Scorpion program. This new twin-jet aircraft is a cost effective solution for lower-threat battlefield and homeland security missions. Our efforts highlight the capabilities of our Wichita composites facility to produce a range of components and assemblies,” stated James Larwood, President, Kaman Aerosystems.
The Textron AirLand Scorpion ISR/Strike Aircraft program and prototype aircraft were unveiled at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland, on September 16, 2013. The first flight is anticipated to occur before the end of the year. The aircraft was developed by a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises, LLC. The Scorpion is a versatile Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft platform. Additional information on the new venture can be viewed at http://www.scorpionjet.com/.
About KamanKaman Aerosystems is a division of the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), which was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. Additionally, the Company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Kaman also provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. More information is available at www.kaman.com .