‘We’re not talking about pizza boxes’
On the heels of Sikorsky’s ballyhooed flight of an autonomous Black Hawk, Connecticut’s other helicopter manufacturer is nearing flight tests for an aerial drone to tote cargo to troops, workers in remote locales, or people needing emergency supplies after disasters.
Kaman plans its first flight tests later this year for Kargo UAV, an unmanned aerial vehicle designed to lift loads of up to 800 lbs. and carry them hundreds of miles. The Bloomfield manufacturer is hoping to interest the U.S. military in the rotorcraft drone, as well as select industries that rely on regular cargo shuttles or sporadic replenishment flights.