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Unmanned K-MAX makes first deliveries in Afghanistan

4th January 2012 - 12:07 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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Lockheed Martin's unmanned K-MAX aerial resupply system is now conducting routine operations in Afghanistan, it has been disclosed.

The aircraft is being operated by a detachment of US Marine Corp personnel from UAV Squadron 1 based at Camp Dwyer near Garmsir.

The unit completed its first unmanned cargo delivery in a combat zone using a helicopter in Afghanistan on 17 December.

'We delivered cargo today that was supposed to be delivered by convoy. Now that convoy has three pallets that it does not have to carry,' said Maj Kyle O’Connor, the officer-in-charge of the detachment.

The UAV moved about 3,500

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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