New CH-53K Helicopter Scheduled for Delivery to Marine Corps at New River
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — A new CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter is scheduled for delivery to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, next week, the Marine Corps said in a May 11 release.
Marine 1st Lt. Alexandra Bello, a spokeswoman at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, said the event “will mark another on-time milestone for the U.S. Marine Corps’ future heavy-lift helicopter program.
“The helicopter’s arrival to New River enters it into the Supportability Test Plan where U.S. Marines will conduct a logistics assessment on the maintenance, sustainment and overall aviation logistics support of the King Stallion,” she said.
New River is the home of the Marine Corps’ CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter fleet on the East Coast. The CH-53K eventually will replace the CH-53E in the Corps’ heavy helicopter squadrons.
The CH-53K, built by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is largely a completely new aircraft but has a more capacious cargo bay and can lift three times the payload as the CH-53E. The helicopter’s planned initial operational capability is planned for late 2019.