Unmanned K-Max ships out for Afghanistan

The Navy has picked the K-Max helicopter built jointly by Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin for testing under battlefield conditions in Afghanistan to determine whether unmanned aircraft systems are suitable for transporting supplies around the battlefield, reports Flightglobal.

The military service plans to ship two airframes in November to a central forward operating base in Afghanistan, where Marines will use them to resupply remote outposts under a six-month pilot program, the article states.

The K-Max exceeded requirements during a four-day evaluation in Yuma, Ariz., in which the Navy sought to replicate operating conditions in Afghanistan.

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