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.
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
CH-53K Lifted a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), 06-Feb-18 : A CH-53K lifted a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). Using the single point hook, hovered up to 100 feet/31 meters for 10 minutes while carrying the 18,870 pound/8,500 kilograms vehicle
CH-53K Passed Defense Acquisition Board, 04-Apr-17 : The CH-53K King Stallion successfully passed its Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) review and achieved a Milestone C decision that enables low rate initial production funding
CH-53K Initial Operational Testing by USMC, 20-Oct-16 : U.S. Marines completes its two-week initial operational test period, called OT-B1, with the new CH-53K King Stallion helicopter at Sikorsky’s Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida
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|2019/||VMX-1|| Yuma |
|2017/||US Navy (United States Naval Aviation) |
| NAS Patuxent River |
List of Aircraft
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|2018|| 169021: USMC d/d at MCAS New River, NC; first CH-53K delivered to U+|| 169021: SDTA-3; Sikorsky |