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The unmanned K-MAX is capable of aerial fire suppression 24/7, and offers hotspot detection. K-MAX maintains its capabilities in hot temperatures, delivering a measurable performance advantage for operators. Even when conditions limit visibility for pilots, the K-MAX UAS can provide automated water pick-up, delivery, and line-building.
originally posted by: buddah6
This type of helicopter has been around for 50 years. I remember seeing the Kaman Husky while I was in Vietnam in the 1970s. The Kaman helicopter could indeed lift higher weight but were very slow. They were used for airfield rescue because they didn't have the speed to make long range rescues like the HH3s or the HH53s.
The prevailing joke was the airspeed indicator was a calendar.