CH-53K Lifts 27,000-Lb External Load

By Amy Kluber | June 24, 2016

Lockheed Martin said the CH-53K King Stallion completed an external lift of 27,000 lb at Sikorsky's Development Flight Test Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

L-M is developing the aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. A fourth aircraft is expected to join the flight test program soon.

According to a company press release, the helicopter performed an out-of-ground effect external load test at 100 ft agl. Sikorsky VP of CH-53K programs said the King Stallion is on track to complete the initial operational assessment this year.

The first four of 200 CH-53Ks are scheduled for delivery next year. Four more are expected for delivery in 2019.
Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin


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