The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion was rolled out in May 2014 at Sikorsky's Florida Assembly and Flight Operations Facility at West Palm Beach, Florida.
The anhedral tips of the King Stallion's main rotor blades are evident in this image.
A head-on shot from above provides a good view of how the tail rotor is aligned off-centre on the CH-53K.
The first CH-53K King Stallion taxis across the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina on May 16, 2018. The King Stallion has several upgrades over the legacy aircraft including a digital glass cockpit and fly-by-wire controls, can externally transport 27,000lb over 110 nautical miles and has a max external lift of 36,000lb, three times that of the legacy CH-53E.
The German Heavy-Lift Helicopter Replacement programme is just one of the defence-related topics that will be considered at this year's ILA Berlin Air Show. Sikorsky's CH-53K King Stallion (pictured) and Boeing's CH-47F Chinook are both in the running.
Sikorsky has won a $1.3 billion contract to build the next 12 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters.
All four system demonstration test article CH-53K King Stallions at Sikorsky Aircraft's facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The US Marine Corps’ new heavy-lift helicopter, the CH-53K King Stallion, has received approval for low-rate initial production.
The CH-53K is larger than both its predecessors and the CH-47F. With its large size, the helicopter can carry a Humvee internally.
With a max take-off weight over 84,000lb, Sikorsky's CH-53K King Stallion is one of the largest helicopters in the world. Despite its high unit cost, US Marine Corps’ leaders believe the aircraft is unmatched in its capabilities and applicability to the roles required by the service.
Holes under the fuselage are where the three cargo hooks are concealed when not in use. They can be used independently or in combination with each other.
The CH-53K is ramping up its flight-test work and will soon start replacing the CH-53E in service.
Sikorsky is offering the CH-53K King Stallion to replace Germany's CH-53.
The first CH-53K King Stallion lands at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina on May 16, 2018. The aircraft's delivery to MCAS New River marked another on-time milestone for the US Marine Corps' future heavy-lift helicopter programme. Personnel with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) will bring the CH-53K into a supportability test plan, where they will conduct a logistical assessment on the maintenance, sustainment and overall logistics support of the King Stallion.
14 апреля 2017г. пресс-служба компании Lockheed Martin сообщила, что Министерство обороны США приняло решение о серийном производстве нового тяжелого транспортного вертолета CH-53K King Stallion. Первые четыре серийные машины должны быть поставлены ВМС США до конца текущего года.
YCH-53K EDM-1 during its first flight at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach Development Flight Center on October 27, 2015.
Lockheed Martin displayed the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, with an eye to obtaining an order from Germany.
YCH-53K BuNo 168781/04 uses its centre hook to lift the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) that weighs 14,000lb (6,400kg) and more during trials at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in Florida in January 2018.
Initial CH-53K delivery is due in nine months
SIKORSKY'S CH-53K King Stallion has successfully completed air-to-air refuelling tests, demonstrating the platform's long-range capabilities for the US Marine Corps (USMC).
As well as being a formidable cargo carrier itself the CH-53K is air-transportable aboard US Air Force C-17A and C-5M aircraft.
YCH-53K BuNo 168778/EDM-1 during a blade spin at Sikorsky's Wesf Palm Beach Development Flight Center on February 25, 2015.
The CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle during engine runs, without rotors fitted, at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach facility.
The first Sikorsky CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle has been powered up and spun its rotor head as part of trials to confirm the helicopter can operate safely under its own power. Known as ‘bare head light off’ tests, the phase of the programme began at the manufacturer’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida in December 2013, initially using auxiliary power. The next phase will add the main and tail rotor blades leading to a pre-flight acceptance test, before the first flight late this year. Four CH-53Ks will be involved in the flight-test programme. The CH-53K is due to replace the CH-53E Sea Stallion with the US Marine Corps’ heavy helicopter squadrons.
The first Sikorsky CH-53K prototype is the Ground Test Vehicle that has recently been delivered to West Palm Beach in Florida.
The massive elastomerically-articulated titanium rotor head uses fewer fastenings and connections than legacy helicopters, reducing weight, maintenance time and effort.
CH-53K: следующее поколение тяжелых вертолетов КМП США. Программа CH-53K началась как продление ресурса 111 CH-53E. В 2000 году выяснили, что напряженная эксплуатация вертолетов приведет к выработке ресурса ранее 2025 года, на который планировалась их замена. Ситуация еще более усугубилась с началом работы CH-53E в Афганистане и Ираке. Как в случае с UH-1Y, был сделан вывод о предпочтительности постройки новых машин, а не модернизации старых. В декабре 2004 года с фирмой "Sikorsky" был подписан контракт на разработку CH-53K (на рисунке) в рамках программы Heavy Lift Replacement CH-53X.