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Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, will build six additional CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new contract for the US Navy. The aircraft will further support the US Marine Corps in its mission to conduct transport. of expeditionary assault of armoured vehicles, equipment and personnel to support distributed operations inland from a sea-based operations centre.
All six helicopters are part of the US Marine Corps 200 Aircraft Registration Program, and their addition brings a total of 24 CH-53K production crews now under contract. Under the terms of this most recent contract, Sikorsky will begin deliveries of the six helicopters in January 2024.
The CH-53K program has five aircraft in line at Sikorsky’s Connecticut facility and more than two dozen in various stages of production. The program will deliver the first helicopter in September 2021.
Sikorsky and its suppliers have made significant investments in facilities, machinery, tools and workforce training to increase the production required for the CH-53K program. For example, for the first time, newly installed 10-ton cranes lifted a £ 12,000 gearbox for a CH-53K production rig.
The General Officer Executive Officer of the Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs, Greg Masiello, said:
“This contract is a test of the government’s confidence in the CH-53K platform. This award shows that we are working hard to make the aircraft more accessible. The capacity and accessibility of the CH-53K are important to ensure that we provide a valuable addition to the United States Marine Corps and our friends and allies.”