Unmanned cargo helicopter under development

How will tomorrow’s soldiers get fresh water, ammo and supplies under heavy fire in a combat zone?

One answer might be an armed, armored and unmanned variant of the Lockheed-Kaman K-MAX chopper, being developed under a multiyear, $3.5 million deal with the Army’s Aviation & Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC).

The idea is to reduce risk to other choppers and convoys, and to get supplies to places trucks can’t go, said Terrance Fogarty, Kaman’s director of K-MAX programs.

The 20-foot aircraft is intended to carry up to 6,000 pounds at a speed of 148 kph. Its operating ceiling is described as 15,000 feet with a 2-ton load. Unloaded, it will reach 185 kph.

Source:  Army Times


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