Kaman Helicopters continues to write new chapters in its history, including the un-manned K-Max, subcontract manufacturing and rotor-blade development and production.
At Heli-Expo’12, Kaman is showcasing its products and services at Booth No. 5222 with executives and technical experts available for the duration of the show.
Two of the un-manned K-Max helicopters, along with three ground control stations, are currently performing cargo resupply missions for the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. Time Magazine named the K-Max un-manned aerial truck (UAT) one of its “50 Best Inventions” for 2011.
According to Salvatore Bordonaro, Kaman Helicopters president, “Un-manned or optionally-piloted technologies for military and civil missions are going to drive our industry’, and Kaman Helicopters’ growth for many years to come.”
Kaman also believes commercial versions of the K-Max continue to represent a growth market, particularly for missions such as fire-fighting and offshore oil exploration and support. “Why put people in harm’s way when it’s not absolutely necessary for dull and dangerous operations,” said Kaman director of marketing and business development Mark Tattershall.
Rotorcraft component fabrication and sub-contracting has become a major line of business for Kaman. The Bloomfield, Conn.-based company’s capabilities include integration, composite and metallic bonding and final assembly, with an ability to replicate OEM capabilities such as design/analysis, development, test, large-system integration and manufacturing.
The Helicopters Division Blade Center of Excellent and Sub-contracting Product Group offers full-service development and manufacturing ability that allows Kaman “to respond to vigorous future market growth.”
Kaman also continues to support its SH-2 Seasprite and SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite multi-mission maritime helicopters. “Beyond our un-manned opportunities,” said Bordonaro, “we see demand growing for small-ship maritime helicopters that provide nations with a cost-effective capability.” It is a requirement, he continued, that is driven primarily by territorial disputes, anti-piracy operations, threat of submarine activity and drug and other smuggling operations.
Kaman Helicopters is a division of Kaman Aerospace industry, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut.