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Unmanned K-MAX helicopter could get Afghanistan role

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posted on Aug, 27 2010 @ 12:47 PM
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An unmanned helicopter designed to lift supplies and equipment to troops in Afghanistan is being developed for the US military. The Kaman K-MAX helicopter has been adapted by defence company Lockheed Martin to fly without a pilot and can carry up to 6,000lbs of cargo - more than the aircraft's empty weight. Transporting equipment to troops at Forward Operating Bases on the frontline would be the K-MAX's primary use. It would help reduce the need for large vehicle convoys lowering the risk of soldiers being ambushed or injured by IEDs (improvised explosive devices).




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Interesting project with the possibility of reducing the exposure of pilots to the dangers they would normally face. However just how much will the remote control features add to the cost compared to a normal helicopter of this type?




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