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King Stallion Passed Initial Tests

King Stallion Passed Initial Tests October 25, 2016

The Lockheed Martin CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed initial operational testing, the company announced on 21 October. The week-long tests were conducted by the US Marine Corps and took place at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center (DFC) in Florida. The tests covered external lift scenarios of 12,2 tonnes in hover and a 5,4 tonnes 110 nautical mile radius mission, embarkation / debarkation of combat equipped troops, internal and external cargo rigging, tactical bulk fuel delivery system (TBFDS) operation and medevac litter configuration. The US plans to purchase 200 helicopters and the first delivery of four CH-53K to the US Marine Corps is scheduled next year.

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