Kaman, November 23, 2015 - BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - Kaman Aerospace Group announced today that its Air Vehicles and MRO division has executed an agreement for delivery in 2017 of two manned K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopters with Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. of China.
The orders are the first to be received from a Chinese customer, and represent the introduction of the K-MAX into China’s large and growing aviation market.
The first two helicopters will begin operations fighting fires for the China Department of Forestry. “The K-MAX has proven itself worldwide as a very reliable, low-maintenance helicopter with high availability rates, attributes that will help meet China’s growing demand for a responsive, heavy-lift, utility helicopter” stated Simon Lau, Director of Sales for Lectern.
“This agreement with Lectern represents the continued growth of confidence in the K-MAX helicopter from customers around the world” stated Terry Fogarty, Director, Business Development, K-MAX Helicopter Programs at the Kaman Air Vehicles and MRO division. “We are confident that customers in China will appreciate the reliability and high, hot performance of the K-MAX helicopter demanded by firefighting missions. The Chinese market possesses significant market potential for the K-MAX and we are working to capitalize on these additional opportunities.”
K-MAX aircraft are used around the world for firefighting, logging and other missions requiring repetitive aerial lift capabilities. The U.S. Marine Corps maintains two unmanned K-MAX® aircraft developed with Lockheed Martin. These aircraft successfully supported the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan for thirty-three months from 2011-2014 carrying more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo. Additional unmanned firefighting and humanitarian missions for K-MAX® are also being developed and tested.
About Kaman: Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), which was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; production of the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime aircraft.
Kaman is represented on K-MAX sales in the Chinese market by George Schafer of Innovative Minds, LLC.