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Sea-Air-Space 2018: USMC says CH-53K 'not a zero risk proposition'

9th April 2018 - 21:49 GMT | by Ashley Roque in Washington DC


Despite Pentagon reports of development and testing challenges, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter is on track to meet initial operational capability in 2019, according to the US Marine Corps and Sikorsky. 

But if there is a delay, officials say there is room to absorb the blow. 

During a 9 April programme update at the Sea-Air-Space conference, H-53 program manager USMC Col Hank Vanderborght addressed recent Pentagon reports about aircraft development challenges.

Vanderborght explained that 'current metrics' show that an initial operational test and evaluation date is on track for the end of 2019. 

'We do have some things

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Ashley Roque


Ashley Roque

Ashley Roque joined Shephard Media in January 2018 as its North American Editor, based in …

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