FIRST FLIGHT OF MMIRA TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR AT KAMAN CORP.
FIRST FLIGHT OF MMIRA TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR AT KAMAN CORP. BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- On Dec. 23, 1991, Kaman Corp. (NASDAQ: KAMNA) flew for the first time its new Multi-Mission Intermeshing Rotor Aircraft (MMIRA) technology demonstrator. "A critical lesson learned from Operation Desert Storm is that Americans are highly adverse to risking the lives of its men and women in third world encounters. Another lesson learned is that advanced technology has great military value," said Charles H. Kaman, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaman Corp. "We have believed in MMIRA technology for years, and its capabilities offer significant new potential for applications including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles, optionally piloted vehicles and manned aircraft." MMIRA applications include surveillance, communications, resupply, ordnance delivery and aerial target drones. "More capable UAVs will be needed in the future as weapon sophistication increases. A MMIRA technology UAV, for example, could stay aloft for 12 hours, with a payload of the very latest electronic surveillance or communications systems. It could also reach altitudes exceeding 30,000 feet," said Kaman. The MMIRA test demonstrator is based on intermeshing rotor technology developed by Kaman. Its two counter-rotating rotors provide increased payload capacity and endurance over other currently fielded helicopter technologies. MMIRA is designed for greatly reduced maintenance costs with unprecedented long lives and simplicity of dynamic components. The MMIRA aircraft, which has just initiated flight testing, weighs less than 4,000 pounds empty and can exceed 10,000 pounds maximum gross. The technology is scalable to meet mission requirements demanding larger or smaller vehicles. Kaman Corp. is focusing its efforts on providing a highly capable, yet simple and affordable multi-mission aircraft technology -- qualities essential given current and future defense budget constraints, according to Kaman. "There are commercial applications of this technology as well," concluded Kaman. Kaman Corp. is a highly diversified company with business activities in defense, industrial and commercial markets. -0- 1/7/92 /CONTACT: J. Kenneth Nasshan of Kaman, 203-243-7319/ (KAMNA) CO: Kaman Corp. ST: Connecticut IN: ARO SU:
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