Kaman Launches New K-MAX Composite Blade Program

March 11 2019

Kaman Aerospace Group, a division of Kaman Corporation, 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. The anticipated benefits of a composite blade include smoother airfoil, increased performance, reduced maintenance, fewer overhaul inspection requirements and extended blade life.

After certification, Kaman 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,” stated Doug Perreault Executive Director, K-MAX Programs.

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