US Navy awards Sikorsky $55M for CH-53K low rate production

The CH-53K King Stallion lands after a test flight in West Palm Beach, Fla. on March 22, 2017. Photo: US Marine Corps

The U.S. Navy has awarded Sikorsky Aircraft Corp a $55 million modification for long lead items in support of low rate production of four CH-53K helicopters.

The CH-53K King Stallion is considered the most powerful helicopter in the U.S. military and is being acquired to replace the CH-53E Super Stallion.

King Stallion passed the Defense Acquisition Board assessment and was approved to begin low-rate initial production on April 4, 2017.

U.S. Marines expect to have a complete CH-53K fleet by 2030.

According to Lockheed Martin, the CH-53K can carry a 12.200 kg/27,000 lb external load over 204 km /110 nautical miles in high/hot conditions (33°C/91.5°F at an altitude of 914m/3,000 feet), which is more than triple the external load carrying capacity of the CH-53E aircraft.

Sikorsky will perform work on the contract in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to complete it in March 2022.

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