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Sikorsky to build six more King Stallions
US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky a $550.37 million contract modification for Lot IV low rate initial production and delivery of six CH-53K King Stallion helicopters.
The modification includes ‘aircraft, programmatic and logistics support, rate tooling and physical configuration audits’, the DoD announced on 26 October.
Work will take place in six US locations as well as sites in Canada and the UK, with an estimated completion date of July 2024.
The USMC will use the CH-53K King Stallion as its heavy-lift replacement for the CH-53E. The newer helicopter is designed to lift 12,000kg at a mission radius of 200km in hot-and-high environments – three times the baseline lift capability of the CH-53E, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
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