Lockheed Martin's K-Max unmanned cargo helicopter could resume operations as soon next week, a senior US navy official says. However, the final decision rests with the operational commander in Afghanistan.
Operational commanders suspended flights after a crash in early June. While the accident is still being investigated, the swing load is the prime suspect.
The K-Max flew last week for 16h, and should be ready to go, the official says.
There has been no decision on repairing the crashed machine.
Meanwhile in Washington, the US Marine Corps is considering turning the K-Max into a program of record. Potential uses include using the machine for ship-to-shore deliveries.