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US Navy commissions 7 CH-53K military helicopters

New order worth 31.2 million Euros

The US Naval Air Systems Command has asked American manufacturer Sikorsky -a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin- to build 7 new CH-53K King Stallion heavy military helicopters with integrated avionics systems. The aircraft will be destined for US Marine Corp. This new order, that worth 31.2 million Euros, was announced in recent days by US Navy research and development managers.

The CH-53K King Stallion helicopter is a military heavy transport aircraft designed to replace the Marine Corps' aging fleet of Sikorsky CH-53Es. These are aircraft designed to move military personnel and their equipment, including armored vehicles- deployed aboard ships to beaches.

The aircraft first flew happened in late 2015. It was unveiled in 2018 to the Marine Corps, which plans to purchase 227 units at a value of 20.6 billion Euros. The aircraft is powered by a General Electric GE38-1B engine. The avionics are made by Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies. The rotary-wing craft can lift up to 18 tons. 

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