Lockheed Martin awarded 45.8 Million to finalize the Unmanned Helicopter
It’s like a bizzaro-world Wonder Woman Jet. Lockheed Martin has been awarded $45.8 million to make the final preparations on the K-MAX unmanned helicopter.
The contract given to Lockheed Martin is set to have them create TWO K-MAX vehicles and three remote control ground stations for the Marine Corps to do a “Quick Reaction Assessment.
The K-MAX has a four-hook carousel to allow the aircraft to make multiple supply drops at different locations and uses an interesting intermeshed rotor system that eliminates the need for a traditional tail rotor. The elimination of the tail rotor allows the helicopter to improve lift and reduce maintenance costs.
“K-MAX is the optimal choice for an affordable unmanned cargo delivery capability,” said Terry Fogarty, Kaman Aerospace Unmanned Aircraft Systems general manager. “With reduced operational and logistics costs, increased fuel savings and less manpower required compared to a ground vehicle convoy or manned helicopter, the K-MAX is the lowest-risk solution for the mission.”
Now all they need to do is add some rail guns and rocket launchers on this bad boy and send it into battle.
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