Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace Team to Offer Advanced Manned and Unmanned Helicopter Systems Worldwide
OWEGO, NY, 08-MAR-07 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman Aerospace Corporation (KAC) of Bloomfield, CT, have teamed to market advanced manned and unmanned helicopter systems worldwide for government applications. Lockheed Martin and Kaman intend to build upon the proven performance of Kaman’s K-MAX® Aerial Truck, which has demonstrated its potential as an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). As an experienced systems integrator, Lockheed Martin will act as the prime contractor in pursuit of individual market opportunities.
Through this partnership, Lockheed Martin and Kaman will develop an advanced technology unmanned version of the K-MAX, previously approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for operation in the National Airspace System. Using its systems integration expertise, Lockheed Martin will focus on advanced UAS flight control for truly autonomous military operations and also will provide mission-specific avionics, sensors and weapons solutions. Lockheed Martin and Kaman will also establish a long-term logistics program for worldwide support.
The K-MAX helicopter, with its unique and quiet counter-rotating intermeshing rotor design that requires no tail rotor, delivers outstanding lift performance, including best-in-class, high-altitude capability. The helicopter also is highly reliable and has accumulated more than 200,000 flight hours in demanding environments.
“Lockheed Martin Systems Integration is excited to work with Kaman Aerospace, Helicopters Division to provide our customers with proven and reliable vertical-lift solutions,” said Michele Evans, vice president of Aircraft Systems at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, NY. “The proven K-MAX helicopter is about to enter a new realm of safety and performance as an optionally piloted UAS that can be configured to conduct an unlimited number of duties with its outstanding and useful payload of 6,000 pounds.”
“Kaman is pleased to team with Lockheed Martin,” said Sal Bordonaro, president of the Helicopters Division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation. “The K-MAX has proven its capabilities, at very high altitudes and in hot environments, and has demonstrated more than twelve hours of continuous flight operations as a UAS. Working with Lockheed Martin, the K MAX will realize even greater potential and hopefully serve our forces in a capacity to reduce the burden on our ground and aviation forces.”
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration is known for its successful integration of complex military systems on major rotary-wing programs including the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R/S helicopters, the Royal Navy Merlin Mk1 and more recently as the prime contractor for the VH-71A Presidential helicopter replacement fleet. Lockheed Martin will ensure the Manned/Unmanned K-MAX is survivable and effective on the future battlefield. The company will use its KineForce™ Mission Management System and the KineCommand™ Command and Control System, as well as technologies to enable ease of operation, developed under previous DARPA UAS contracts. The Unmanned K-MAX will interface with existing ground control systems and operate with a small tablet controller for remote operations.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
About Kaman Aerospace
Kaman Aerospace, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation [NASDAQ: KAMN], markets and supports its SH-2G and K-MAX helicopters, is a subcontractor for complex metallic and composite structures and components for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, designs and manufactures missile and bomb fuzing devices for the U.S. and allied militaries, and is a leading manufacturer of widely-used proprietary airframe bearings and components. Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace, industrial distribution and music markets.