US Navy unmanned cargo aircraft moves ahead

7 September 2011 (Last Updated September 7th, 2011 18:30)

Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace have successfully conducted a five-day quick reaction assessment (QRA) of the US Navy's K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors, director of airborne systems, Roger Il Grande, said that the K-MAX cargo

Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace have successfully conducted a five-day quick reaction assessment (QRA) of the US Navy's K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors, director of airborne systems, Roger Il Grande, said that the K-MAX cargo UAS is designed to resupply the US Marine Corps (USMC) in theatre and in distant regions.

"Through various scenarios during QRA, the unmanned K-MAX UAS performed extremely well, exceeding the cargo delivery objectives of the assessment," he added.

In July 2011, the K-MAX cargo UAS successfully completed electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) testing.

The navy is planning to deploy the cargo UAS later this year to improve marine corps ground and air logistics functions in Afghanistan.