Forest fires are a persistent problem for the U.S, and our best line of defence is still all too often just men on the ground with backhoes. But combining a remotely-piloted quadcopter with Kaman's unmanned K-Max helicopter could make for a fearsome alternative to smokejumpers.
Even though it's still officially a prototype transport system, the K-max unmanned delivery helicopter from Lockheed Martin and Kamen has become a workhorse for US Marine Corps But despite its strong showing throughout the War in Afghanistan, the future of this pilotless chopper remains uncertain.
Shiny and purple. It may look like a baddy chopper from an 80s TV movie made in a Foxconn factory, but it's China's latest flying machine, the V750. And it means the Chinese's aerospace industry is maturing dangerously quickly.