Lockheed Martin completed a five-day quick reaction assessment (QRA) of the unmanned K-MAX aircraft, but the results will not be available until 30 days from the end of the assessment period.
Lockheed Martin—which has a $45.8 million contract with the U.S. Navy for the K-MAX—conducted the QRA for the Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. The Navy is considering the K-MAX as a vehicle to transport supplies to U.S. Marines, and the Navy intends to field a cargo UAS during the fall of 2011 for a six-month deployment to augment Marine Corps ground and air logistics operations in Afghanistan.
“The autonomous flying K-MAX is designed to resupply Marines on the battlefield and in remote locations,” said Roger Il Grande, director of Airborne Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors. “Through various scenarios during QRA, the unmanned K-MAX UAS performed extremely well, exceeding the cargo delivery objectives of the assessment.”
However, the formal report will not be released for 30 days from the completion of the QRA, says Lockheed. In addition, Navy and Marine Corps officials will review the results to determine the system’s suitability for deployment, according to the company.
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