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Sikorsky gets $1.1B contract for Marine helicopters

The first CH-53K King Stallion taxis across the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina May 16, 2018. The aircraft’s delivery to MCAS New River marks another on-time milestone for the U.S. Marine Corps' future heavy-lift helicopter program. Personnel with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 will bring the CH-53K into the supportability test plan, where they will conduct a logistical assessment on the maintenance, sustainment and overall logistics support of the King Stallion. The CH-53K is meant to replace the Marine Corp’s fleet of CH-53E heavy-lift helicopters. The King Stallion has several upgrades over the legacy aircraft including a digital glass cockpit and fly-by-wire controls. It can externally transport 27,000 lbs. over 110 nautical miles and has a max external lift of 36,000 lbs., three times that of the legacy “E” aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan)

Sikorsky Aircraft received a $1.1 billion contract to build a dozen CH-53K King Stallion helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps, with nearly half the work slated for its Stratford headquarters.

The King Stallion is designed as a heavy-lift cargo and troop transport that can fly higher and farther than existing helicopters in the Department of Defense, and with far heavier cargoes.

The Pentagon is awarding the money in stages to Sikorsky and parent Lockheed Martin, including $509 million for the current fiscal year and $617 million in the following year.

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