Kaman Corporation has announced today that its Aerosystems
division will continue production of the commercial K-MAX®
heavy-lift utility helicopter. The company resumed K-MAX®
production in 2015 after a more than decade long hiatus with an initial
commitment to build at least ten new aircraft.

“Continued demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX®
have provided us the confidence to extend production into 2019 at a
minimum. This is great news for operators who need the K-MAX®
to perform their repetitive lift missions cost effectively. Our team has
done a great job assessing the global market and working with potential
and existing customers to secure additional orders for our K-MAX®
helicopter,” said Greg Steiner, President, Kaman Aerospace Group.

K-MAX® aircraft are manufactured in the company’s North
American facilities in Jacksonville, Florida and Bloomfield,
Connecticut. Orders for new K-MAX® aircraft have thus far
come from China, Europe and North America.

K-MAX® aircraft are used around the world for firefighting,
logging, powerline construction 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 Charles 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)