Lockheed Martin on Oct. 21 announced the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed initial operational testing by the U.S. Marine Corps to verify the key capabilities of the heavy lift helicopter. The week-long operational assessment by Marine Corps pilots, aircrew and maintainers marked an important step in support of a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Milestone C decision early next year.
|U.S. Marine Corps pilots maneuver the King Stallion as it delivers a 12,000 (5422 kg) pound external load after a 110 NM mission|
(Credit: Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky)