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Lockheed Martin Developed Helo Completes Tour in Afghanistan

Lockheed Martin in Owego is saying "Welcome Home" to one of its most prized creations.

The K-Max unmanned helicopter, developed by Lockheed Martin, successfully completed its tour of duty in Afghanistan, which began in November 2011.

While in Afghanistan, the chopper moved over 4.5 million pounds of supplies for the military.       

Now that the K-Max is back home, Lockheed officials say that its success overseas opens up new business opportunities at home.

The general manager of Lockheed Martin said, "So the technology goes form working on things that help the military and now that we've set a standard that it'll no longer be completely dedicated to using pilots to fly cargo around to now doing commercial work where you can go unmanned."

In its three and a half years in Afghanistan, K-Max went on over 200 supply drops. It also reduced the need for ground convoys, reducing Marine exposure to IED bombs by more than 46,000 hours.

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