King Stallion helicopters production contract won by Sikorsky

STRATFORD, Conn. Sikorsky has been awarded a $107 million contract for early work on the next six CH-53K King Stallion helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. The contract covers long lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters.

Photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn., facility. The new order is the fourth group of King Stallions ordered by the U.S. Navy.

The King Stallion is the next version of the Super Stallion, or CH-53E. According to the company, the upgraded helicopter will be able to lift triple the load of its predecessor — 27,000 pounds — at an altitude of 3,000 feet.

The Marine Corps expects to acquire 200 King Stallions over the life of the program to replace the branch's fleet of CH-53E heavy-life helicopters.