PHI Aviation to buy 50 units of Kaman’s commercial ‘Kargo’ drone


PHI Aviation has inked a deal with Kaman Aerospace Corporation to purchase 50 of Kaman’s Kargo UAVTM unmanned aerial system.

The agreement, announced at the 2023 HAI Heli-Expo, also sees the firms partner on the “promotion, sales and support” of a commercial version of Kaman’s drone. The platform is a purpose-built autonomous medium-lift logistic vehicle that is being developed for military and civilian. It is designed to be capable of carrying a payload of 800 lbs for 500 miles, and hover for an extended period without the requirement to transition to forward flight.

“PHI is one of the most respected vertical lift suppliers in the energy, air medical and MRO industries,” said Carroll Lane, president of the Kaman Precision Products Segment. “We are delighted they have chosen KARGO UAVTM to meet the anticipated needs of their customers. PHI’s reputation for excellence, commitment to safety, and innovation leadership made them the most fitting launch customer for Kaman.”

With a fleet of more than 200 helicopters spanning six continents, PHI believes innovation is key to drive strategic growth. Keith Mullett, MD, PHI Aviation said: “We look forward to working together with Kaman to augment our present fleet offering for our customers. With the addition of KARGO UAVTM to our fleet, we will be expanding our capabilities and adding value in a way that complements our core business. Kaman’s long history in heavy-lift rotorcraft systems and our shared commitment to safety makes them the perfect partner for PHI Aviation.”