KAMAN HELICOPTERS SUPPORTS K-MAX PROGRAM WHILE EXPANDING MANUFACTURING AND ROTOR BLADE WORK

BLOOMFIELD, CT, February 08, 2012 – The Kaman Helicopters Division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN), continues to develop new chapters in its storied history with the unmanned K-MAX ® ; successes...


 

Complementing rotor blade production is Kaman’s partnership with Hontek that has successfully introduced a three-layer, color-specific for easy visual inspection, sprayable erosion coating.  Erosion control has extended the lifespan and reduced the life cycle costs of U.S. Army Black Hawk utility helicopter main rotor blades.  Kaman is completing coatings for the rotor blades of all Black Hawk helicopters flying in harsh environments with significant airborne particulates, such as Middle East deserts.  To date, Kaman has protected over 2,500 rotor blades.  In addition, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and several international military customers are evaluating the coating for possible applications on other platforms.  Kaman is the only certified facility authorized to apply the Hontek coating and is installing a robotic spray facility at its Bloomfield, Conn. site. 

 

Seasprites Continue to Serve

Kaman markets and supports the SH-2 Seasprite and SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite multi-mission maritime helicopter.  The latest versions remain in service with the navies of Egypt and Poland and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. “Beyond our unmanned opportunities, we see demand growing for small ship maritime helicopters that provide nations with a cost-effective capability,” Bordonaro explained. “This requirement is driven primarily by territorial disputes, anti-piracy operations, submarine concerns, and drug and other smuggling operations.”  The SH-2G(I) clearly is ideal for these missions and could generate further modifications of available existing SH-2’s into state-of-the-art anti-surface (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variants.

 

 

About Kaman

Kaman Helicopters is a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN). Founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.  The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; safing and arming solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company’s SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters.  The company is also a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates nearly 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. 

 

 

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