Kaman to Deliver Two K-MAX Heavy Lift Helicopters to China’s Lectern Aviation

Kaman Aerospace Group, a United States aerospace company, has recently announced that its MRO and Air Vehicles division has completed an agreement with Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. (Lectern) of China. Kaman Aerospace has agreed to provide two manned K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopters in 2017. This order marks the introduction of the K-MAX® into China’s large and expanding aviation market, and represents the first order to be received from a Chinese customer. The initial two helicopters will be used by the China Department of Forestry in order to begin operations fighting fires.

The K-MAX® has proven itself worldwide as a very reliable, low-maintenance helicopter with high availability rates, attributes that will help meet China’s growing demand for a responsive, heavy-lift, utility helicopter, said the director of sales at Lectern, Simon Lau.

The K-MAX® aircraft has been used all around the world for a variety of missions which require repetitive aerial lift capabilities, such as logging or firefighting. The United States Marine Corps supports two unmanned K-MAX® aircraft which were developed with Lockheed Martin. These aircraft successfully carried more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo for the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan from 2011-2014 for thirty-three months. Additional unmanned humanitarian and firefighting missions are currently being developed and tested for the K-MAX® aircraft.

This agreement with Lectern represents the continued growth of confidence in the K-MAX® helicopter from customers around the world, said the director of business development for K-MAX® Helicopter Programs at the Kaman Air Vehicles and MRO division, Terry Fogarty.

We are confident that customers in China will appreciate the reliability and high, hot performance of the K-MAX® helicopter demanded by firefighting missions. The Chinese market possesses significant market potential for the K-MAX and we are working to capitalize on these additional opportunities.

Here at ASAP Aerospace, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of Kaman products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers’ production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective aviation component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-aerospace.com or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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