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TEXTRON LYCOMING T5317A CHOSEN TO POWER NEW KAMAN K-MAX COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER

 TEXTRON LYCOMING T5317A CHOSEN TO POWER
 NEW KAMAN K-MAX COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER
 LAS VEGAS, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaman Corporation and Textron Lycoming today announced the launch of a new technology heavy-lift helicopter powered by Textron Lycoming's T5317A turboshaft engine.
 Called the K-MAX "aerial truck," this single-seat helicopter is designed specifically for the unique requirements of vertical lift applications including logging, fire fighting, construction and all forms of high altitude work.
 Charles H. Kaman, Kaman Corporation chairman and chief executive officer, said, "Our objective with K-MAX is to provide 5,000 lbs. lift performance on the hook to an altitude of 8,000 ft. out of ground effect, with the engine operating in its continuous power range and plenty of reserve. We chose the Textron Lycoming T5317A because it best enables us to meet this objective and provide performance, reliability, durability and low life-cycle/maintenance costs. The K-MAX/T5317A combination results in a heavy-lift workhorse with which operators can make money."
 "We are proud to be partners with Kaman on the K-MAX program," David G. Assard, president of Textron Lycoming Turbine Engine Division said. "The rugged and extremely reliable K-MAX design, combined with the T53's performance which has been proven in more than 46 million hours of operation worldwide, will provide K-MAX operators with an extremely cost competitive heavy-lift helicopter."
 The T5317A engine is a commercial variant of the 1,800-shaft horsepower (SHP) T53-L-703 military engine powering the U.S. Army's AH-1S Cobra gunship and being offered internationally in the Huey II enhanced performance UH-1HP upgrade program.
 "The K-MAX/T5317A engine configuration has been derated to 1,500 equivalent SHP, enabling K-MAX to achieve its performance objectives. The engine maintains a high degree of temperature margin, allowing it to achieve higher equivalent power under hot day or high altitude conditions," added Assard.
 K-MAX is the first commercial helicopter ever to be designed from the wheels up, for the low-cycle cost, high reliability and long-life repeated load/unload cycles unique to heavy-lift operations.
 Textron Lycoming Turbine Engine Division, located in Stratford, Conn., is a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), a multi-industry company with operations in three business categories: aerospace/technology, commercial products and financial and other services.
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 /CONTACT: William McDaniel or Louis P. Savenelli of Textron Lycoming, 203-385-1581/ CO: Kaman Corporation; Textron Lycoming ST: Nevada, Connecticut IN: ARO SU:


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