Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky will build 12 production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new $1.13 billion contract from the US Navy.
Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 2 and 3, Sikorsky will begin deliveries of the helicopters in 2022, and also provide spares and logistical support.
“I’m proud of the joint government and industry team in achieving this award,” said Col. Jack Perrin, US Marine Corps program manager for the Naval Air Systems Command's Heavy Lift Helicopters program, PMA-261.
The CH-53K will conduct expeditionary heavy-lift transport of armored vehicles, equipment, and personnel to support distributed operations deep inland from a sea-based center of operations.
“Sikorsky employees and our nationwide supply chain are ready to ramp up CH-53K production to support deployment of this modern, safe and reliable aircraft in 2023-2024,” said Sikorsky Program Director Bill Falk. “This contract demonstrates the US Marine Corps’ confidence in Sikorsky to expand production of this technologically advanced heavy lift helicopter.”