Provide precision aerial delivery in high-hot conditions, without the threat to human life. Deliver food, water, fuel, blood or bullets. Insert and retrieve unmanned ground vehicles. Place data relay stations or communication equipment without endangering the lives of a crew.
The UAT continues a Kaman tradition of pioneering unmanned helicopters. In 1957, Charles Kaman, founder of Kaman Corporation, created the first pilotless aircraft. In 2010, Team K-MAX® (Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin), successfully demonstrated the K-MAX® aircraft's unmanned capabilities to the U.S. Marine Corps at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.
Kaman’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Product Group is founded on the Unmanned K-MAX®, with growth potential into other unmanned market segments, pursuing unique combinations of autonomy and emerging technologies.
Kaman has been developing the Unmanned K-MAX® since 1998. In March 2007, Kaman and Lockheed Martin (Team K-MAX®) signed a Strategic Relationship Agreement (SRA) to pursue U.S. DoD opportunities.
The Unmanned K-MAX® multi-mission helicopter is a highly capable, highly reliable unmanned aerial vehicle based on the proven K-MAX® heavy-lift aerial truck helicopter. The unmanned K-MAX® helicopter, with 6,000 lbs. of payload, is an Unmanned Aerial Truck (UAT). It delivers unprecedented potential for battlefield sustainment and increased tactical mobility.
The substantial 6,000 lb. payload of the Unmanned K-MAX® Aerial Truck (UAT) in support of the resupply and distribution system, fulfills a significant capabilities gap. Due to limited lift capability, UAV payload emphasis has focused on relatively small intelligence and communication sensors and mission equipment packages. The robust UAT, linked in an air-to-ground team with load carrying ground robotic vehicles, represents an unprecedented concept. Operating around-the-clock in any weather or terrain, the UAT will generate and sustain combat power through sustainment operations and delivery of priority cargo services such as Class III fuel, Class V ammunition, and time-sensitive maintenance and medical supplies.
Additionally, the K-MAX® unmanned multi-mission helicopter already is demonstrating unforeseen capabilities for assisting military and civil homeland security personnel. The unmanned K-MAX® is also an ideal asset in a civil or military biological or chemical contaminated environment and as a metropolitan first responder.
The K-MAX® unmanned multi-mission helicopter was originally developed and demonstrated as part of a U.S. Marine Corps Limited Technology Demonstration in 2001. A demonstration for the U.S. Army in 2003 proved that the system is capable of lifting up to 6,000 lbs. at one time using a multi-hook system to carry four separate loads autonomously and precisely in one mission.
Key features and benefits:
- Multi-mission capability – 6,000 lbs. payload, 37kw of auxiliary power, significant rugged structure for equipment mounting
- Based on a proven helicopter platform - 98-99% availability rates
- 6000 lbs. of payload
- Standard day, 5,000-pound payload, 185km range with reserve
- 12 hours + endurance demonstrated
- BLOS Control
- Programmable waypoint navigation
- Dynamic re-tasking
- Multi-hook carousel for multiple delivery sites in a single mission
- Control hand-off
- Significant payload vs. altitude capability
- 50 hp (37kw) auxiliary power
- Low fuel consumption
- Precision delivery
- Low noise levels
- Low down-wash
Optionally piloted offers:
- Safety pilot for new mission equipment integration
- National airspace operations
- Expedited flight testing
- Lower system integration testing costs
- Available for piloted missions
The Kaman Helicopters Product Support Team has a single focus: to keep you flying. Although the K-MAX® has an excellent track record of reliability, we are here to help answer questions, discuss concerns or address any problems you may be experiencing.
So whether you are conducting cargo deliveries or multi-mission tasking, we'll keep you flying with unmatched technical expertise and an unwavering commitment to customer service. That's why we're here around the clock, ready to assist with your product support needs, whatever they may be and wherever you may be.
Program Manager, UAS Product Group
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Kaman Aerospace Group
Old Windsor Road
P.O. Box 2
Bloomfield, CT 06002-0182
Terry Fogarty, General Manager
UAS Product Group