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. Next 12, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 2 and 3, scheduled for 2022.
The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2 MAW) at MCAS Cherry Point will 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.
CH-53K King Stallion First Time at Sea, 25-Jun-20 : #USSWasp The future USMC heavy lift helicopter, the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, completed first sea trials aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1)
CH-53K First Simulator Ready, 04-May-20 : #simulator Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, NC has the first Containerized Flight Training Device (CFTD) simulator for the USMC future heavy lift helicopter Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion
CH-53K Completed Air Refueling Tests, 13-Apr-20 : #refueling Marines future heavy lift helicopter, the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, completed first air-to-air refueling test from a KC-130J Hercules tanker over the Chesapeake Bay
New Hangar at MCAS New River for CH-53K, 12-Oct-19 : #NewRiver The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) has a new hangar at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, NC for the new CH-53K King Stallion helicopters slated to arrive in the near future
CH-53K First Contract Covers 12 Helicopters, 19-May-19 : #CH53K The US Navy, as the organization responsible for USMC aircraft acquisitions, signed $1.3B contract for first 12 of eventually 200 CH-53K. Known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 2 and 3, will be delivered in 2022
First CH-53K Delivered to US Marine Corps, 16-May-18 : Sikorsky delivered the first of an expected 200 CH-53K today to MCAS New River. The King Stallion can carry 27,000 lbs externally over 110 nautical miles, more than triple capacity of the CH-53E
CH-53K Passed Demo Test, 21-Mar-18 : Marines Combat Logistics Battalion CLB-25 and squadron HX-21 tested the heavy lift capacity of the new CH-53K King Stallion at NAS Patuxent River
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| 06-Feb-18 - CH-53K Lifted a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) |
04-Apr-17 - CH-53K Passed Defense Acquisition Board
20-Oct-16 - CH-53K Initial Operational Testing by USMC
26-May-16 - CH-53K Helicopter: Chronicles from the Cockpit
21-Dec-15 - Marine Corps Pilot Flies New CH-53K King Stallion
27-Oct-15 - CH-53K Achieves First Flight
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2019/||VMX-1|| Yuma |
|2017/||USN HX-21|| NAS Patuxent River |
List of Aircraft
|C/N||Mod||Built||ID In this Org||In other Org|
|2018|| 169021: USMC d/d at MCAS New River, NC; first CH-53K delivered to U+|| 169021: SDTA-3; Sikorsky |