Lockheed Martin Sikorsky is awarded $125.4 million not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract to procure long lead items for low-rate initial production of the seven Lot 5 CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters.
Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be complete by August 2021.
Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds for the contract amount will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is the contracting activity (N00019-20-C-0047).
The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion is a heavy-lift cargo helicopter currently being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
The design features three 7,500 shp (5,590 kW) engines, new composite rotor blades, and a wider aircraft cabin than previous CH-53 variants. It will be the largest and heaviest helicopter in the U.S. military.
The USMC plans to receive 200 helicopters at a total cost of $25 billion. Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) testing started in April 2014; flight testing began with the maiden flight on 27 October 2015. In May 2018, the first CH-53K was delivered to the Marine Corps.