Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Co., is awarded a delivery order in support of initial operational capability for the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift cargo helicopter program.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order, worth around $38 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $8.6 million will be obligated at time of award.
The delivery order provides for the development and delivery of a provisioning parts database of technical information to include 2D drawings that support all organizational, intermediate and depot levels in support of initial operational capability for the CH-53K program.
Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in November 2023.
Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion is a large, heavy-lift cargo helicopter currently being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). It will be the largest and heaviest helicopter in the U.S. military service.
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.
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 Marine Corps.