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NAVAIR awards two King Stallion contract modifications

2nd February 2022 - 15:35 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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CH-53K King Stallion after a test flight. (Photo: USMC/Lance Cpl Molly Hampton)

With IOT&E completion due this month, NAVAIR has modified contracts for CH-53K Lot 6 LRIP and procurement of long-lead items for Lot 7 LRIP.

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has received two new contract modifications from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter.

One modification — worth $684.95 million and scheduled for completion by July 2025 — exercises options for the LRIP and delivery of nine CH-53Ks, ‘as well as associated aircraft programmatic and logistical support’, the DoD announced on 31 January.

The other modification is worth $101.88 million for the procurement by December 2022 of long-lead items for full-rate Lot 7 production of the aircraft.

Sikorsky and the USMC hope for a decision on CH-53K full-rate production in Q2 2023, followed by a first operational deployment in 2024 and full operational capability by the end of the decade.

The Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase of the King Stallion programme began in July 2021 and is scheduled for completion in February 2022, according to the latest annual report from the Director Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E).

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