2011 to present

US Marine Corps K-MAX

The K-MAX unmanned helicopter was developed under a Lockheed Martin contract. On December 2011, two K-MAX helicopters and three remote control ground stations were delivered to the US Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan to evaluate of unmanned cargo resupply in an operational forward deployed environment.

In 2015 were designated as CQ-24A and assigned to Marine test squadron VMX-22

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Unmanned CQ-24A K-MAX in MCAS Yuma, 07-May-16 : Two Kaman/Lockheed-Martin CQ-24A K-MAX unmanned helicopters from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron VMX-22 arrived at Marine Corp Air Station Yuma in Arizona

Marines Unmanned K-MAX returns from Afghanistan, 24-Jul-14 : OWEGO, N.Y. – After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan.

AACUS, 17-Apr-14 : US Office of Naval Research and Aurora Flight Sciences’ Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) research program.

New tech could autonomize rotary-wing landings, 08-Apr-14 : MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va by Lance Cpl. Samuel Ellis - Going beyond remote-controlled technology that currently exists for aircraft, the Office of Naval Research is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters.

Marines extend K-Max use in Afghanistan, 17-Mar-13 : The U.S. Marine Corps has extended indefinitely its use of two unmanned K-MAX heavy lift helicopters in Afghanistan, a Navy spokeswoman said, noting the aircraft kept re-supply trucks off the road and reduced the threat of roadside bombs.

USMC K-MAX wins top innovation honors, 08-Jan-13 : BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- The unmanned K-MAX helicopter’s peerless ability to resupply combat troops safely, precisely and efficiently has won top honors from the prestigious magazines Popular Science and Aviation Week and has garnered high praise from the U.S. Marine Corps, which is expanding the aircraft’s role in Afghanistan.

Marines unmanned K-Max reliable, 23-Jul-12 : PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The K-MAX is the Marine's first unmanned helicopter designed for resupplying troops in remote locations. Aviation history was made when Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 operated a K-MAX during its historic 90-minute flight, Dec. 17. Today, the KMAX remains deployed in Afghanistan flying missions operated by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2.

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
2016VMX-22MCAS Yuma
Edwards AFB
MCAS New River
2016/    VMX-1 MCAS Yuma
2012/14VMU-2 MCAS Cherry Point
2011/12VMU-1 Twentynine Palms

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    A94-0002 1992     N131KA: 20mar14 pictured (pic1) at Quantico as Autonomous Aerial Car+
- N131KA: Kaman Aerospace from Nov92, f/f 18Sep93; 2010 used for +

Kaman N131KA: Aug14 Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous M+

18nov15 with Stalker XE small unmanned aircraft system+

Nov16 Autonomous K-MAX UAT pictured (pic2) with S-76 Ma+
    A94-0028 2000     -: UAV for field testing with USMC in Afghanistan 2011
    169221: Kaman CQ-24A K-MAX; May16 as VMX-22 /FF-01 d/d MCAS Yuma, A+
- N357KA: Kaman K-1200 K-Max, c/n A94-0028, ff: 2000; reg Kaman A+

Peruvian National Police N357KA: Kaman K-1200 K-Max, c/n A94-0028, ff: 2000; reg Kaman A+
    A94-0030 2001     -: UAV for field testing with USMC in Afghanistan 2011
    169222: Kaman CQ-24A K-MAX; May16 as VMX-22 /FF-02 d/d MCAS Yuma, A+
- N359KA: Kaman K-1200 K-Max, c/n A94-0030, ff: 2001; reg Kaman A+

Colombian Army Aviation EJC-501: Kaman K-1200 K-Max, c/n A94-0030, ff: 2001; reg Kaman A+
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