Lockheed Martin Pursues Drone Contracts

Published 03/18 2014 04:51PM

Updated 03/18 2014 05:23PM

Lockheed Martin in Owego is looking to get more involved with the commercial drone market.

Recently, talk has heated up nationwide about drones - everything from Amazon possibly using them to deliver items to police using the aircraft for surveillance.

Lockheed already has a K-Max helicopter, which can fly by remote control. It can be used in the battlefield to deliver items to soldiers, without having to risk the lives of a crew.

That technology can be expanded upon for other applications.

"This site is responsible for the K-Max helicopter that can lift 6,000 pounds. It has been deployed to Afghanistan for two years," said general manager Dan Spoor. "It's used for cargo and because of its use for cargo there are multiple people on the civil market that are starting to have conversations with us now about wanting to use it."

Alaska and other areas with very bad weather are places where there is interest in using drones.

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