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KAMAN ANNOUNCES FIRST K-MAX FLIGHT FROM REOPENED LINE
Friday, May 19, 2017
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K-MAX helicopter

Source: Kaman


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BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - Kaman Aerosystems announced that a successful first flight of a K-MAX helicopter from the newly reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks.

K-MAX aircraft from the re-opened production line have been ordered by customers from around the world including China, Europe and North America. The aircraft is currently in use worldwide 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.

Development of the K-MAX was led by Kaman founder and former CEO, aviation pioneer Charlies H. Kaman, and received Federal Aviation Administration certification in 1994. The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX is a rugged low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for external load operations and designed specifically for vertical reference flight. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg).

Source:  www.kaman.com
Source Date: May 19, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 
 
TEXTRON SYSTEMS SUPPORTS TORNADO DAMAGE ASSESSMENT IN OKLAHOMA
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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HUNT VALLEY, Md. - Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a business of Textron Inc. has announced that its Civil & Commercial team provided its personnel and operations in support of disaster response efforts for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. The Civil & Commercial team provided full-motion video in real-time to the Emergency Operations Center in Oklahoma City and the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. The video was used to rapidly and safely assess the tornado damage from an EF-2 tornado that took place in Elk City on May 16.

Textron Systems' own operators, as well as representatives from Aeryon Labs, traveled 120 miles to the impact site and began operations within 20 minutes after the tornado's impact. Once on-site, the team operated an Aeryon SkyRanger small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) to collect more than one hour of high-definition video and georeferenced still imagery over the tornado damage. The real-time video feed was directly provided to Oklahoma's regional Emergency Operations Centers via the AeryonLive Video & Telemetry solution that streams live video, images and aircraft telemetry from the SkyRanger sUAS across a secure bonded cellular network connection. The video was also broadcast live to the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla.

"It is difficult for first-responders to quickly assess the damage after a tornado impact due to downed powerlines and other debris," says Textron Systems Senior Director of Sales and Marketing of Civil & Commercial Products Dennis Racine. "However, with our support, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management was able to rapidly and safely assess the damage to determine what types of resources were needed to help those in Elk City."

"Aeryon is proud to partner with Textron Systems in the delivery of real-time, real-world UAS solutions in demanding applications," said Bill McHale, CEO at Aeryon Labs. "We are honored that our technology and personnel could play a part in the disaster response effort in Oklahoma."

With more than one million flight hours of unmanned systems experience, the Textron Systems Civil & Commercial team consists of highly experienced professionals who are armed with some of the most capable platforms in the world - including the Aeryon SkyRanger, with an operational heritage of over 100,000 flights. In addition to this recent operation in support of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Textron Systems Civil & Commercial team also provides aerial solutions in oil and gas pipeline inspection and security, precision agriculture, as well as other natural disaster efforts.

Source:  Textron Systems
Associated URL: http://investor.textron.com/news/news-releases/press-release-details/2017/Textro
Source Date: May 23, 2017
Posted: 05/25/2017

 
 
L3 ACQUIRES UNMANNED UNDERSEA VEHICLES MAKER OPEN WATER POWER
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Source: L-3


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NEW YORK - L3 Technologies has acquired Open Water Power, Inc. The acquisition was completed on May 19, 2017, and the terms were not disclosed. The business will be renamed L3 Open Water Power and will be integrated into L3’s Sensor Systems business segment.

Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Open Water Power is developing safe and high-energy-density undersea power generation technologies for use by Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) and other maritime platforms. Its breakthrough technology enables safe power generation solutions for UUVs and results in significant safety and endurance improvements over current technologies. Additionally, the company’s capabilities complement and are applicable to L3’s existing portfolio of maritime platform, sensor and payload offerings.

Source:  www.l3t.com
Source Date: May 24, 2017
Posted: 05/24/2017

 

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