The US Marine Corps has a proud history of being "combat innovators"...It seems like that tradition continues...
Updated again on 12/20
Word has come down to me that the K-MAX has not only successfully completed its maiden cargo flight, but is in fact now fully operational. Open source reporting has said that there are two K-MAX unmanned helicopters in Afghanistan, which would presumably mean that both are up and running when and where they're needed. It also looks like they're probably only flying at night, according to information put out by NAVAIR. “Most of the missions will be conducted at night and at higher altitudes,” said Marine Capt. Caleb Joiner, mission commander. “This will allow us to keep out of small arms range.”
First to fight.On Saturday morning, the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) in Afghanistan confirmed that the K-MAX unmanned helicopter had (or will some time today) fly its first cargo mission in Afghanistan, meaning that if all goes well, we’re now in the age of unmanned logistics. In response to an email,the IJC writes back:“The first unmanned flight without cargo was 15 December. It is scheduled for its first unmanned flight with cargo, today, 17 December.”
First to revolutionize the modern battlefield.