Mar 24, 2010
Science Scene - Helicopter Drones
In the demonstration, a modified K-MAX helicopter moved 3,000 pounds across 600 miles, in under six hours. The K-MAX, built by Kamen Aerospace, is a single-seat helicopter designed specifically to carry cargo externally slung beneath the craft.
Most importantly though, this program is both cheap and fast. At a cost of only $860,000 per UAV, and with the technology ready to hit the Afghan skies today, the Marines can get these birds in the air as quickly as possible. And for the grunts waiting for supplies, driving in those supplies across IED-laden paths, or flying them in through treacherous canyons, a robotic replacement can't arrive soon enough.