AES Unmanned Aircraft Experience

Engineering & Program Management services for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and such as:

  • Avionics and Ground Control Station Systems
  • Software Engineering including flight and
    mission critical software solutions
  • Complete systems design, test, flight test, and
    production systems

UAS Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Services

  • AES Subject Matter Experts provide
    Organizational, Intermediate & Depot Level
    maintenance support for UAS such as MQ-8B

AES stands ready to provide the avionics architecture design, guidance, navigation and control expertise, and hardware and software design expertise for government and military rotary wing and fixed wing OPV and unmanned systems.

Recent UAS

  • MQ-8 Fire Scout
  • K-MAX Helicopter

Kaman Aerospace Contracts

  • Convert to OPV
  • Integrate & Test for NAVAIR
  • Testing & Demonstration for USMC


  • Design & Develop
  • Integrate
  • Test

AES will optimize your Unmanned Systems

AES has been awarded 3 contracts by Kaman Aerospace to convert piloted helicopters to Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) and integrate & test an unmanned avionics suite for the U.S. Navy (NAVAIR)and the U.S. Marine Corps for testing and demonstration at Ft. Pickett, VA in 2021. AES is awarded a similar contract for Commercial Aviation.

Recent Contracts

Convert Aircraft

From Manned to OPV

Install avionics suite into a USMC aircraft to convert from manned aircraft to Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV)

Obstacle Avoidance System

KMAX Helicopter

Integrate an autonomous ground-based obstacle avoidance system into the commercial unmanned KMAX System.

LIDAR Systems

KMAX Helicopter

UAV uses a scanning LIDAR to map an area on the ground around the Unmanned KMAX, identify obstacles, and provide command inputs into the UFCS to avoid such obstacles.

Avionics Systems

Manned, UAS, OPV

The core of our approach includes: Design and Develop, Integrate and Test Unmanned Aerial Systems

OPV Version of K-MAX helicopter

With a mission radius of more than 100 miles, Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) operation & multi-load capabilities, the K-MAX UAS is the ideal solution for extending & enhancing expeditionary logistics

Kaman Aerospace
OPV version of K-MAX


  • Systems Engineering
  • Hardware In The Loop Simulation(HITL)
  • Airborne Systems Design
  • Ground Control Station Design
  • Aircraft Installation
  • Hardware / Software Integration
  • Aircraft Ground & Flight Testing
  • Technical & Data
  • Deliverables/Logistics
  • Wiring Harness Design

Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) version of K-MAX Helicopter.

The AES contracts with Kaman Aerospace are to design, produce and
qualify an autopilot system for the KAMAN Aerospace’s Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) version of K-MAX Helicopter.