The K-Max remote-controlled synchropter developed by the American company Kaman will begin testing in the first half of this year.. The main focus will be on the block, converting a conventional helicopter with an optionally piloted.
As reported by AINonline, development of a version of the synchropter K-Max with remote control is carried out with 2019 of the year. Except the version with the system already installed, the customer can purchase a separate remote control kit, which is installed on already operated helicopters.
The company is also working on an autonomous version of the K-Max for the Marine Corps.. New machines will be able to carry out loading and unloading operations with minimal involvement of operators.
Synchronizers K-Max (flying crane) issued from 1991 by 2003 year, after which production was stopped due to lack of orders. AT 2015 Kaman resumed the assembly of helicopters.
A distinctive feature of the K-Max synchropters is the transverse arrangement of two main rotor, whose planes of rotation are located at an angle to each other and intersect. The rotation of the screws is synchronized and performed in opposite directions. It is believed, that such a scheme greatly simplifies the control of the helicopter in hover mode or at low flight speed.
K-Max at length 15,8 and height 4,14 meter equipped with screws with a diameter 14,7 meters each. The maximum takeoff weight of the vehicle is 5,4 tons. Synchropter can reach speeds up to 185 kilometers per hour and fly up to 500 kilometers.
spring 2019 year AO “Kamov” announced the completion of the draft design of a promising high-speed helicopter scheme “synchropter” with two bearing and one pushing screws. Declared machine characteristics: takeoff weight 6500 kg, payload mass 1000 kg, cruising speed 357 kmh, full speed 420 kmh, static ceiling 4700 m, dynamic ceiling 5600 m, range of flight 1228 km.