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Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion
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US Marine Corps CH-53K King Stallion

The USMC ordered 200 CH-53K production aircraft (including the four SDTA aircraft) to stand up 8 active duty, 1 reserve and 1 training squadron to replace the CH-53E Super Stallion.
First helicopter, SDTA #3, delivered for trials and testing on May 2018.
Production of the helicopter is forecast to more than double from four (4) aircraft in 2022 to nine (9) in 2023, and then increase by an additional 2/3rds to fifteen (15) aircraft in 2026. It is expected that the CH-53K will remain in production through 2032 and beyond.

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2 MAW) was selected to be the first to begin transition to the CH-53K in 2020 in a process that will continue with the rest of fleet up to FY30.

The CH-53K entered Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in 2021 and is set to conclude in 2022.

On January 24, 2022 HMH-461 (2 MAW) in MCAS New River became the first operational squadron to receive the CH-53K.

In December 2022 the CH-53K entered Full Rate Production (FRP) and squadrons transition continues on schedule. Full Operational Capability is expected for FY2029.

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2022-    HMH-461 MCAS New River
2019-    VMX-1 Yuma
2017-    USN HX-21 NAS Patuxent River

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C/NModBuiltID     In this OrgIn other Org
169019 MV-005
Sikorsky Helicopters 169019: SDTA-1 Apr18; Sikorsky
ILA Berlin 2018
169020 MV-006
Sikorsky Helicopters 169020: SDTA-2, Sikorsky
2018 169021 MV-007 USMC d/d at MCAS New River, NC; first CH-53K delivered to USMC; VMX-1
Sikorsky Helicopters 169021: SDTA-3; Sikorsky
169022 MV-008 VMX-1 /MV-008
Sikorsky Helicopters 169022: SDTA-4 Sikorsky
first test of chaff and flares defensive suite
2021 169662 009 LRIP - Low Rate Initial Production - Lot 1 #1; Ceremony held at Stratford, CT pl...
2022 169663 CJ-010 LRIP - Low Rate Initial Production - Lot 1 #2
2022 170001 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
2022 170002 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
2022 170003 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
170004 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
2023 170005 015 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
2023 170006 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
2023 170007 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
2023 170008 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
2023 170009 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
2024 170010 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
170011 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2
170012 LRIP CH-53K Lot 2

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