Aviation Week & Space Technology, one of the world’s top aerospace magazines, also has honored the unmanned K-MAX team, naming it on November 7 th as winner of the 2012 Program Excellence Award for System-Level Research & Development and System Development and Design. Its editors highlight that the team was able “to execute flawlessly and deploy a critical capability just 12 months after” the aircraft were ordered.In addition, on November 3 rd the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, Pennsylvania honored the unmanned K-MAX team with its 2012 Achievement Award for its “innovative application of helicopter control technology to address challenging operational needs of the U.S. armed forces.” The Marine Corps’ November 14 th update says the K-MAX CRUAS’s capabilities “provide unmatched cargo delivery to the warfighter on the ground in austere environments,” adding that those capabilities and the system’s performance to date “elicited a strong endorsement” from Marine ground and logistics combat commanders in Afghanistan. As a result, the Marine Corps has ordered the system’s third deployment there, which could extend through September 2013. The Marines re-positioned the unmanned K-MAX aircraft from the original base at Camp Dwyer (about 100 miles West-Southwest of Kandahar) to a new main operating base at the end of last year. From the new base, those aircraft will resupply more distant forward operating bases. That move will introduce the unmanned K-MAX’s capabilities to a wider population of personnel from military services of the U.S. and other nations. To support the change, the unmanned K-MAX team is developing an auxiliary fuel tank and hot-refueling capabilities for the helicopter. In addition to reducing risks for Marines deployed in Afghanistan, the unmanned K-MAX can deliver supplies within about eleven square feet of a targeted position, even with little or no visibility at the delivery site. It also performs at a fraction of the operating and maintenance costs of manned Marine Corps rotorcraft (the CH-46, CH-53E and MV-22).
To learn more about Kaman Aerospace, visit www.kaman.com/aerospace/.About Kaman Aerospace Group Kaman Aerospace Group is a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN). 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; aerostructures 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. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman and headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. 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 and mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, Kaman 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.