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K-MAX Is Back

It's been more than a dozen years since the last Kaman K-MAX (K-1200) rolled off the production line, after only 38 of these 'Aerial Trucks' were produced. However, in June 2015 Kaman announced that the K-MAX production line would re-open.

The K-MAX is a single-engine, single-seat, utility helicopter that is specifically designed for repetitive external lift operations. Recently it has found a new role as an unmanned cargo delivery system for the United States Marines, who used two examples in Afghanistan to carry 4.5 million pounds of cargo between 2011 and 2014.

Low rate production has begun of the first 'new' K-MAX, with an initial 10 aircraft to roll off the Final Assembly Line in Bloomfield, CT. Deliveries of the new K-MAX are to begin in early 2017 to a Chinese customer who plan to use two examples in a fire-fighting role. Customers in Europe and North America are also lined up to start taking delivery of the K-MAX in 2017. Deliveries will continue at a pace of around one helicopter every eight weeks. After the initial ten, Kaman hope to continue production of the helicopter as long as there is a need, even ramping up production if it is required. The big unknown factor in extending the production run is a possible order from  the United States Marines. Having used the unmanned version in Afghanistan to great effect, there is a possibility that the Marines could look to purchase more.

Photo Nigel Howarth

Thanks also to Terry Fogarty at Kaman

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