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New Contract for CH-53K

New Contract for CH-53K 16 August, 2019

Sikorsky nets $107M contract for parts on six King Stallion helicopters. The contract covers long-lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters, with work expected to be completed by August 2020. Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn. facility.

Due to the series of failures that started with the problem of exhaust gas ingestion before, the Marine Corps reduced nine orders for its 2020 fiscal budget to six. The overall King Stallion program is behind schedule, officials say, yet they expect the aircraft to remain on schedule for sea trials in 2020, initial operational test and evaluation in 2021 and their first deployment coming sometime in 2023 or 2024.

The CH-53K is designed to carry troops and military equipment from vessels to shore areas and high-altitude terrains. The King Stallion is the next version of the Super Stallion.

The Marine Corps expects to acquire 200 King Stallions over the life of the program to replace the branch's fleet of CH-53E heavy-life helicopters.

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