Robotic K-MAX Birds home from Afghanistan and have new Mission

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What do we do with all the military equipment coming home from our withdrawal from the Middle East? Two unmanned K-MAX helicopters served the Marines in Afghanistan well with some 2,000 cargo and supply missions (moving more than 3 million pounds of supplies in dangerous situations). The contract to build them was $46 million. Now what? KMAX Firefighter

Maybe we could team them up with Indago drones (used as “fire scouts” to locate hotspots) and operate them as firefighters to save lives and property . . . In tests the K-MAX lifted and dropped more than 12 tons of water on target in an hour. As you can see in the video, they can deliver vehicles and cargo and could also be used to extract and save people. You can read more at Defense One.

Image: US Marine Corps


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