In recent years, the realm of aerospace has become more complex due to factors like varying client demands and market conditions. Raising a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles is now a part of modern defense and civilian policy and inducting rapid advancements in manually operated air vehicle has become a norm. Sometimes, budget constraints impel a vendor to adapt innovative cost cutting methods and provide upgrades in accordance with the service level agreements. Bloomfield, CT based Kaman Aerosystems, a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation [NYSE:KAMN], operates in numerous aerospace segments that range from production and marketing of proprietary aircraft components to air vehicles and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO).
Kaman Aerosystems strives to be one stop shop for the broad range of products and services and provides solutions for composite structures, tooling, integrated structures and metallics along with engineering and testing services. The company relies on its abilities and experienced workforce to encompass major key processes in the air vehicle MRO segment. Kaman offers an array of services like aircraft assembly, erosion protection, and supply of rotor blade and advanced composite components. The enterprise also assists the clients in software and tool design, avionics and systems integration and testing of whirl stand, environmental and gear boxes. Kaman conducts airframe and static fatigue testing as well as non-destructive inspection and testing and these services play key role in ascertaining airworthiness of the air vehicle. As the air vehicles are also deployed to carry out logistics activities, Kaman helps the client with logistics support systems.
The company ensures the desired product experience through its comprehensive services and anchors component manufacturing on robust designing methodology.
We know how to evaluate risk and balance it against excessive costs in order to meet mission requirements
The members of team Kaman relocate to the client site to understand and integrate with the technology, systems and management. This ISO 9001:2008 certified company eases the complexities in aerosystem arena with solutions like finite element modeling, durability and damage tolerance (DaDT) analysis. The firm has enabled the clients to attain the apex of aerosystem product experience with its offering K-Max, which is a power lift helicopter meant for battlefield cargo re-supply. The unmanned variant of the offering with payload capacity of 6,000 lbs. is capable to deliver food, water, fuel, blood or bullets.
The broad range of comprehensive offerings that encapsulate solutions, services, and products like K-Max and expertise in upgrading capability within budget constraints, have helped Kaman to create track of success stories. In one of the instances, New Zealand Defence Ministry had to replace five SH2GI helicopters, which were being used for air time surveillance, fishery, patrol and disaster relief. However, the government sought greater interoperability with the new platforms for 10 new upgraded helicopters within stringent budget constraints. Team Kaman collaborated with the client and in short span of time, a successful flight of upgraded helicopter was secured. Eventually, the client had upgraded mission system for maritime patrol due to Kaman’s expertise in devising cost effective solutions.
In the journey so far, Kaman has created success stories akin to New Zealand Defence Ministry’s and its one point supply model ensures best customer experience. Usually, the complex world of aerosystem solutions proffers several challenges that range from technological advances to poor communication between contractor and customer. Kaman has integrated design, engineering and manufacturing efforts to stay ahead of its competitors. “We anticipate continued market challenges, we feel well positioned to improve operating performance,” concludes Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and CEO, Kaman.