Military’s first cargo drone heading to Afghanistan

The Marine Corps will deploy its first-ever cargo-lifting drone into a war zone when it sends the K-MAX helicopter to Afghanistan next month.

The heavy-lift drone chopper, made by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Kaman Aerospace Corp., recently wrapped up a five-day evaluation study in Arizona to prove its cargo-carrying capability in conditions similar to those it would be expected to encounter in Afghanistan.

K-MAX exceeded the Navy and Marines’ requirement to deliver 6,000 pounds of cargo per day.

“K-MAX has the capability to quickly deliver cargo, thus getting troops off the roads and allowing them to focus on other missions,” said Navy Rear Adm. Bill Shannon, division executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons.

LA Times

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