The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion is a large, heavy-lift cargo helicopter currently being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. The design features three 7,500 hp engines (50% more powerful than CH-53E’s engines), new composite rotor blades, and a wider aircraft cabin than previous CH-53 variants. It will be the largest and the most powerful helicopter in the U.S. military.
The projected price of a King Stallion will be $122 million a piece, a figure more than Lockheed Martin’s most recent published price of $95 million for the F-35A. The CH-53K is scheduled to completely replace the current CH-53E Super Stallion by 2030. This development joins those of the new U.S. Army helicopter and U.S. Navy GHOST surface vessel prototypes, in addition of course to the new JSF Lightning II fighter jet.
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