Kaman Aerospace, perhaps best known for its iconic K-Max heavy-lift helicopter, is at Heli-Expo emphasizing its newly reorganized identity as “One Kaman.”
“We’re a company that can handle anything from metal and composite structures to complete systems design, as well as manufacture of tooling–our own and that of our customers,” said Gary Tenison, Kaman Aerospace v-p of business development and marketing.
One of the more recent examples are the composite doors–main and emergency–for Bombardier’s new Learjet 85. The doors are of single-piece manufacture, said Tenison, making them lighter, stronger and involving fewer parts. “We see these doors as part of a Kaman-branded product line.”
Kaman (Booth No. N4112) also expects to deliver the 1,000th Sikorsky Black Hawk cockpit by the end of 2013 and is the supplier of the composite folding boom on Sikorsky’s S-92.
As for the K-Max, it is very much alive and remains active in a number of roles in Afghanistan. The ability of the unmanned helicopter to resupply troops under demanding conditions has won high praise from the U.S. Marine Corps, which is expanding the K-Max’s role in that war.
With its counter-rotating combining rotors, the K-Max is among seven candidates for the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy and if Marine Corps, U.S. Army and civil contracts currently under review become reality, said Tenison “we could see a restart of production.”
Meanwhile, as part of the reorganization, Kaman has backed of its previous practice of product-specific sales personnel and created a sales team charged with selling the company’s total capability. “Our theme here is ‘concept to completion,’” said Tenison.
He further noted that Kaman Aerospace revenues represent approximately 40 percent of the Kaman Corporation total. Further, in 2012, total aerospace segment sales were $580.8 million, up 6.1 percent from 2011, and profits rose to $89.1 million from $80.4 million in 2011. “[Last year] was a good year,” concluded Tenison. “And 2013 is going to be even better.”