Tag: heavy lift helicopter

Sikorsky Secures Contract To Build 12 LRIP CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters
The CH-53K is the only aircraft able to provide the USMC with the heavy-lift capability it needs to meet future operational requirements for the vertical lift mission. On May 17, 2019 the Naval Air Systems Command awarded a $1.3 billion Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lots 2 and 3 contract for 12 aircraft...
CH-53K IOC pushed back to 2021 for multiple design deficiencies
CH-53K testers have discovered “airspeed indication anomalies, low reliability of the main rotor gearbox, hot gas impingement on aircraft structures, tail boom and tail rotor structural problems, overheating of main rotor dampers.” The initial operational capability (IOC) date of the CH-53K won’t occur this December, a report from the office...
USMC suffers the losses of two aircraft in less than 24 hours: CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter and AV-8B Harrier jet crashes
All four crew members aboard the CH-53E are presumed dead while the AV-8B pilot ejected safely As reported by Military.com, on Apr. 4, 2018 a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter went down shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro, a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. The aircraft crashed during a Southern California training mission and all...
Video shows Sikorsky CH-53K completing an external lift of a 36,000-pound payload
The Sikorsky CH-53K can carry a 27,000 lb. external load over 110 nautical miles in high/hot conditions, which is more than triple the external load carrying capacity of the legacy CH-53E aircraft As shown by the interesting video in this post, by completing an external lift of a 36,000-pound payload at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center on Feb. 10, 2018,...
Luftwaffe Senior Officer says the service next heavy-lift helicopter needs to have inflight refueling capability
So far, the CH-53K and CH-47 are seen as potential contenders. However, only the MH-47G has an inflight refueling capability Col Bernhard Martin, a senior Luftwaffe (German Air Force) officer, told Flight Global at Defence IQ International Military Helicopter conference in London on Jan. 31 that the next heavy-lift helicopter for the service needs to be inflight refueling capable. Martin says...
Germany kick-starts process to purchase new heavy-lift helicopters
Lockheed Martin will bid with its massive CH-53K helicopter, while Boeing will seek to sell its smaller twin-rotor CH-47 The top ranking officer of the German Armed Forces, Gen. Volker Wieker, has kick started the process to buy new heavy-lift helicopters for the country, Reuters report. A request for information in fact will be issued in the second half of 2018...

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