Kaman Aerospace has been contracted to return two US Marine Corps (USMC) CQ-24A K-MAX optionally piloted helicopters to a flightworthy status for further development testing, the company announced on 1 May.
The two helicopters that were used by the USMC for cargo transportation in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013 are to be recovered from Yuma in Arizona and transported to Bloomfield in Connecticut for re-activation to flight status.
“The Marine Corps recently finalised plans to return the two CQ-24A K-MAX helicopters to flight readiness and install the latest autonomous technology to support future unmanned efforts. Once the aircraft are operational, the USMC and Kaman will continue to collaborate to develop and integrate next-generation autonomous technology,” the company said, adding that the current unmanned system on the Marine CQ-24A aircraft will be replaced with new technology advancements.
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