Finally, A Drone We Can All Agree On
A Helping Hand.
The use of military drones continues to be a very controversial topic all over the world. Reports from the White House showed that unmanned drone strikes kill more civilians than expected. Drone operators claim to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and decry the military for inhumane methods of attack. Even members of the US Air Force have come forward to criticize their inaccuracy compared to properly trained fighter pilots. Although those drones focus on ending lives, there is a drone that exists to save them, the Kaman K-Max.
Designed by Lockheed Martin the Kaman K-Max is a new kind of drone with a wide range of functions. When transporting cargo across hostile territory convoys are at risk of attack from enemy insurgents. However, the K-Max is capable of transporting up to 6,000 lbs. of cargo without putting a pilot in harm’s way. Aside from military use it also useful for firefighting, entering areas that would be hazardous to pilots.
“Whether the unmanned K-MAX is fighting fires, delivering supplies to the U.S. military, or supporting humanitarian aid efforts, it provides unmatched lift capability in extreme conditions. From the mountainous Alps to the Persian Gulf, the rugged system can lift and deliver a full 6,000 lbs. of cargo at sea level and more than 4,000 lbs. at a 15,000 ft. density altitude.”
– Lockheed Martin
Pilots are also able to operate the K-Max from within adding to the versatility of this helicopter. This new drone has yet to raise any red flags because its intentions are purely noble. The K-Max is cheap, reliable and provides a wide range of functions to help save lives. The Marine Corps provides a demonstration of the K-Max in this video at their base in Yuma, Arizona.