Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was given $47 million by the U.S. Army to develop, demonstrate and deliver -- unmanned autonomous technologies (UATs).
The technologies are geared towards air systems to support in-theater cargo resupply missions that are unmanned. With the new technology the Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate will have enhanced air systems that include increased delivery accuracy, progressed operations and more efficient station operation workload.
An unmanned K-MAX helicopter will perform the first demonstration. Lockheed says the unmanned 6,000 pound power-lifter, has a heavier payload with the highest altitude, and can deliver more cargo in one flight than of any other rotary-wing unmanned system.
“Lockheed Martin’s experience, resources and proven K-MAX platform will allow us to meet the Army’s objectives,” stated Dan Spoor, vice president of Aviation Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors. “We are eager to develop and demonstrate the latest autonomous technologies using the mature and low-risk K-MAX platform.”
The agreement identifies a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Kaman Aerospace (NASDAQ: KAMN) to complete the work.