30 May '15, 3pm

Firms Demonstrate Casualty Evacuation with Unmanned Helicopter

One day soon, combat units may evacuate their wounded from the battlefield with the help of unmanned aircraft. In late March, three defense firms worked together to conduct the first casualty evacuation using a KMAX unmanned cargo helicopter, according to Lockheed Martin. The U.S. Marine Corps relied on the unmanned KMAX from 2011 to 2014 to conduct resupply operations, delivering more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo during more than 1,900 combat missions. Manufactured by Kaman Aerospace and outfitted with an advanced mission suite by Lockheed Martin, the unmanned K-MAX is engineered with a twin-rotor design that maximizes lift capability in the most challenging environments. Its advanced autonomy allows unmanned K-MAX to work day and night, in all-weather, even when manned assets are unable to fly, according to the release. Lockheed, Kaman and Neya Systems pushed the cap...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2015/05/28/firms-demonstrate-casua...

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