USMC will receive an additional 6 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) will receive an additional six CH-53K King Stallion helicopters . The procurement of the six helicopters is carried out through a contract awarded by the US Navy to Lockheed Martin, the producer of the King Stallion.The CH-53K will be used by USMC as a heavy transport helicopter from the sea-based operations center to the interior. This helicopter is also useful for personnel transportation and expeditionary missions.With this addition, a total of USMC has secured a procurement contract of 24 CH-53K.The additional six CH-53Ks are part of the 200 aircraft to be acquired under the USMC Program of Records.Production of CH-53K for USMC will be carried out in Lot 4 LRIP ( low rate initial production ) with a delivery schedule starting in January 2020.To date the CH-53K has accumulated 2,000 flight hours for evaluation and validation of performance on board and in hot and cold environments.A number of tests are still being carried out, such as air-to-air refueling with external loads, flight tests in extremely hot and dusty conditions at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.CH-53K first flew on 27 October 2015. The helicopter, manned by four people, can accommodate 30 troop personnel.The helicopter with a maximum flying weight of 39.9 tons is powered by three General Electric T408 (GE38-1B) turboshaft engines.The heli can fly at a cruising speed of 170 knots (310 km / h) and cover a range of 460 nautical miles (850 km).
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