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3/8/2019

Kaman launches composite blade development program for K-MAX helicopter

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The multi-year program consists of design, manufacture, test and qualification of an all-composite blade for Kaman’s intermeshing rotor system.

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Kaman Aerospace Group (Bloomfield, Conn., U.S.), a division of Kaman Corp., announced March 5 that it has launched a composite blade development program for the K-MAX helicopter.

The multi-year program consists of design, manufacture, test and qualification of an all-composite blade for Kaman’s intermeshing rotor system. Kaman anticipates that benefits of a composite blade will include smoother airfoil, increased performance, reduced maintenance, fewer overhaul inspection requirements and extended blade life.

Kaman says that after certification it will incorporate the composite blade on new production aircraft and work with customers to retrofit the existing fleet.

“The ability to provide state-of-the-art blade technology to our operators is another step in our efforts to improve the best-in-class performance of the K-MAX aircraft,” says Doug Perreault executive director, K-MAX Programs.

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