Thursday, February 22, 2024

U.S. Marines’ huge new CH-53K helicopter enters initial operational test

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command announced on Tuesday that the new CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter from Sikorsky for the United States Marine Corps officially enters Initial Operational Test and Evaluation.

“The CH-53K King Stallion officially enters Initial Operational Test and Evaluation as the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations vertical, long-range, heavy-lift, logistics backbone,” the command said in a Twitter post-Tuesday.

The CH-53K King Stallion is the premier heavy-lift helicopter ever built by the United States government. It is an all-new heavy-lift helicopter that will expand the fleet’s ability to move more material more rapidly. That power comes from three new General Electric T-408 engines, which are more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the T-64 engines currently outfitted on the CH-53E.


The CH-53K will replace the CH-53E “Super Stallion,” which has served the Marine Corps for 40 years, and will transport Marines, heavy equipment and supplies during ship-to-shore movement in support of amphibious assault and subsequent operations ashore. It will support a range of military missions, including humanitarian aid, troop and equipment/cargo transport, and casualty evacuation (CASEVAC).

The helicopter can perform missions in the modern battlefield and also support special operations forces, and combat search and rescue (CSAR) operations.

The CH-53K fleet will be inducted into service between 2023 and 2024.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.



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