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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Royal International Air Tattoo - Farnborough 2006 - Sikorsky CH-53G

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Royal International Air Tattoo - Farnborough 2006 - Sikorsky CH-53G | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Sikorsky CH-53G with additional 'artwork' added after its arrival at RIAT 2006 :-)

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First production contract awarded for Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" | NAVAIR - U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command 

First production contract awarded for Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" | NAVAIR - U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command  | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

The CH-53K King Stallion flies a test flight in West Palm Beach, Fla. on March 22, 2017. The CH-53K will be considered the most powerful helicopter in the Department of Defense and is scheduled to completely replace the CH-53E Super Stallion by 2030. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Molly Hampton)

 

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded a sole source, Fixed Price Incentive Firm, Firm Fixed Price, Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee contract  to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin company, for the Lot 1 Low Rate Initial Production of the CH-53K King Stallion, valued at $303,974,406.

The contract action provides the funds for two CH-53K helicopters along with engineering and integrated logistics support, spares, and peculiar support equipment (i.e., unique tools and support equipment specific to the CH-53K).

“I am proud of what the team has negotiated to bring this remarkable and unrivaled helicopter one step closer to the fleet,” said Col Hank Vanderborght, program manager for NAVAIR’s Heavy Lift Helicopters program, PMA-261.

The contract award follows the spring Milestone C decision, approving the Navy's request for the CH-53K program to enter into the Production and Deployment phase.

“This contract will benefit our Marine Corps’ ‘heavy lifters’ for decades to come,” said Vanderborght. “Future Marines, not even born yet, will be flying this helicopter well into the future.”

Initial deliveries from Lot 1 are expected to begin in 2020. This contract does not include engines; engines will be procured as Government Furnished Equipment via a separate contract with General Electric.

The CH-53K is a new-build helicopter that evolved from the design of its predecessor, the CH-53E Super Stallion. Improvements with the King Stallion include increased operational capability, interoperability, reliability, maintainability, survivability and decreased cost of ownership. The U.S. Marine Corps intends to stand-up eight active duty squadrons, one training squadron and one reserve squadron to support operational requirements. The DOD’s program of record remains at 200 aircraft, a requirement validated by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC).

Currently, there are four Engineering Development and Manufacturing Model aircraft in test and one Ground Test Vehicle, logging more than 500 cumulative flight hours. Initial operational capability remains on pace for 2019 and is defined as having four aircraft, with combat-ready crews logistically prepared to deploy.



PMA-261 manages the cradle-to-grave procurement, development, support, fielding and disposal of the of the entire H-53 helicopter portfolio.

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U.S. Marine Corps Integrated Training Exercise – Long Range Raid - Sikorsky CH-53E "Super Stallion"

U.S. Marines participate in a long range raid, during Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 5-17 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. The purpose of ITX is to create a challenging, realistic Combined Arms exercises that produces combat-ready forces capable of operating as an integrated Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF). The units are with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, MAGTF-8.

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Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" Arrives at NAS Patuxent River - Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

Naval Air Station Patuxent River welcomes the first of seven CH-53K King Stallions, arriving through early 2018. While stationed in NAS Patuxent River, the aircraft will undergo various ground, avionics and flight quality test events.
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Test pilot talks about the Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" helicopter and its capabilities 

While the CH-53K was not present at Paris Air Show, Shephard had the opportunity to speak with Lt Col Jonathan Morel, CH-53K government chief test pilot with the US Marine Corps, about the aircraft and its capabilities. 

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Fallschirmsprungausbildung über dem Bodensee - Ausbildungszentrum „Spezielle Operationen“ - Sikorsky CH-53G

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Fallschirmsprungausbildung über dem Bodensee - Ausbildungszentrum „Spezielle Operationen“ - Sikorsky CH-53G

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Fallschirmsprungausbildung über dem Bodensee - Ausbildungszentrum „Spezielle Operationen“ - Sikorsky CH-53G

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Fallschirmsprungausbildung über dem Bodensee - Ausbildungszentrum „Spezielle Operationen“ - Sikorsky CH-53G

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Fallschirmsprungausbildung über dem Bodensee - Ausbildungszentrum „Spezielle Operationen“ - Sikorsky CH-53G

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Fallschirmsprungausbildung über dem Bodensee - Ausbildungszentrum „Spezielle Operationen“ - Sikorsky CH-53G

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U.S. Marine Corps Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin to Begin CH-53K "King Stallion" Helicopter Production

U.S. Marine Corps Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin to Begin CH-53K "King Stallion" Helicopter Production | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, has awarded Lockheed Martin a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 1 contract to build two production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This contract follows the April 4, 2017, Milestone C decision by the Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approving LRIP production.  

 

"Gaining the U.S. Marine Corps approval to enter into production and the award of the first contract are milestones made possible by the tremendous achievements of the joint Sikorsky, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and U.S. Marine Corps team," said Dr. Mike Torok, vice president, CH-53K programs. "This is what we have been striving for - to deliver this amazing capability to the U.S. Marine Corps."

Under the $303,974,406 contract, Sikorsky will deliver two production aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps in 2020 along with spares and logistical support. Aircraft assembly will take place at Sikorsky's headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut.

"We have just successfully launched the production of the most powerful helicopter our nation has ever designed. This incredible capability will revolutionize the way our nation conducts business in the battlespace by ensuring a substantial increase in logistical through put into that battlespace. I could not be prouder of our government-contractor team for making this happen," said Col Hank Vanderborght, U.S. Marine Corps program manager for the Naval Air Systems Command's Heavy Lift Helicopters program, PMA-261.

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Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" Flight Testing Begins Transition to Patuxent River Naval Air Station

Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" Flight Testing Begins Transition to Patuxent River Naval Air Station | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Lockheed Martin today announced the CH-53K King Stallion program has successfully completed its first extended "cross country" flight from Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Florida, facility to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

This is the first of several such flights that will occur during 2017 and 2018 as the CH-53K flight test program transitions to the flight test facilities at Patuxent River (PAX). The CH-53K helicopter flew on June 30 from Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach to PAX, a distance of approximately 810 miles. Total flight time was six hours, with two en route fuel stops at Naval Air Station Mayport, Florida, and Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.

"This first movement of CH-53K flight testing to our customer's facility denotes that the aircraft have achieved sufficient maturity to begin transitioning the focus of the test program from envelope expansion to system qualification testing," said Dr. Michael Torok, Sikorsky Vice President, CH-53K Programs. "This has been the plan from the beginning and is another important step toward getting these fantastic aircraft into the hands of the U.S. Marine Corps."The four CH-53K Engineering Development Model (EDM) aircraft have already completed more than 450 hours of flight testing at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, and continue to drive to the edges of the operational envelope with both internal and external loads. The flight test program will continue to operate as it has from the beginning under an Integrated Test Team (ITT) that is comprised of Sikorsky, U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) personnel.

Testing will continue in both locations, West Palm Beach and Patuxent River throughout the transition period."Bringing the CH-53K flight test program to PAX is an exciting milestone; many of the employees dedicated to its advancement now have the opportunity to work right down the street from it," said Col. Hank Vanderborght, U.S. Marine Corps program manager for the Naval Air Systems Command's Heavy Lift Helicopters program, PMA-261.In April, the CH-53K King Stallion Program successfully passed its Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) and achieved a Milestone C decision that approves funding for low rate initial production.

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Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" Flight Testing Begins Transition to Patuxent River NAS 

The CH-53K King Stallion Program has successfully completed its first extended “cross country” flight from Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach facility to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD on June 29, 2017. This is the first of several such flights that will occur during 2017 & 2018 as the King Stallion flight test program transitions to the flight test facilities at Patuxent River.
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Accident Investigation: Pilot Error Caused Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion Rollover - Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

Accident Investigation: Pilot Error Caused Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion Rollover - Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

The April 5th 2017 hard landing of a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter that caused severe damage to the aircraft was the result of a steep bank at low altitude, a command investigation shows.

The incident aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, was miraculous in that all five Marines aboard the aircraft walked away uninjured, even though the aircraft rolled multiple times before finally settling upside-down in the desert.

 

"The investigation reveals a breakdown in mission planning that is underpinned by inadequate risk management, inattention to detail, lack of understanding of aircraft systems and aerodynamics, and violation of [Angle of Bank] limitations and [Training and Readiness] program manual hard deck altitude for defensive maneuvering," the commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 16, Col. Craig LeFlore, wrote in an endorsement of the investigation.

"These culminating factors set dangerous conditions wherein the pilots put the aircraft into a high AOB turn in a reduced energy state close to the ground, ultimately resulting in power required exceeding power available and an unrecoverable rate of descent," he continued.

The pilots and aircrew were training in Yuma as part of the semi-annual Weapons and Tactics Instructor course.

On the day of the hard landing, they were set to participate in training that included rotary-wing defensive measures, fixed-wing defensive measures, and ground threat reduction training.

Although it is not cited as a direct cause of the mishap, both pilots were low on flight hours in the months before the crash. The lead pilot had logged 16.8 hours in the previous 30 days, but no additional hours in the 30 days preceding that. The secondary pilot had logged 7.8 hours in the previous 30 days, and 20 hours total in the previous 60 days.

The Corps has struggled in recent years to get enough flight hours for its pilots, amid maintenance and spare parts challenges that keep aircraft off the flight line. As a rough average, pilots are supposed to get 15 hours of flight time a month to keep their skills fresh.

According to the investigation, the hard landing took place just after 1 p.m. The helicopter had been flying low and banking hard throughout the day. Investigators found the crew descended below 100 feet 22 times, and 12 times got the "bank angle" verbal warning, meaning the aircraft had exceeded an angle of bank of 60 degrees, a dangerous threshold for the CH-53.

The crew however, recalled only a few instances when the angle had been exceeded.

The mishap took place as the Super Stallion attempted a hard right turn at just 50 feet off the ground.

"[The pilot] was at the controls and rolled into a 73-degree angle of bank right-hand turn and simultaneously lowered the collective by four to six inches and added right pedal," the investigation states.

The aircraft initially climbed to 125 feet and then began to descend, unable to gain enough power to overcome the steep angle.

The helicopter hit the ground, bounced, and then hit again, according to the investigation. When it finally came to rest, it was nearly upside-down.

At the time of impact, one of the CH-53's Marine crew members was ejected from the aircraft, his gunner's belt still attached. As the chopper rolled and spun, he was bounced and dragged with the aircraft before finally being able to detach himself.

Miraculously, he too walked away from the crash.

The investigation found multiple faults with the Marines on board the aircraft. The pilot not at the controls had failed to scan the instruments during the turn, it found, and both pilots and crew had failed to maintain situational awareness during the flight.

It also found that the pilots misunderstood the "bank angle" warning indicating danger for the aircraft. When it did not repeat, the pilots believed that the angle had been corrected. However, the system gives the warning only once and does not repeat.

The investigation recommended that all five Marines be evaluated, counseled or disciplined as deemed fit by the command, and that flight performance boards be convened for the two pilots.

It also recommended that the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization be updated to clarify how the bank angle warning system of the Super Stallion works.

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Aviation Safety Network Wikibase Occurrence # 194591

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Accident Investigation: Pilot Error Caused Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion Rollover - Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

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Accident Investigation: Pilot Error Caused Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion Rollover - Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

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Sikorsky CH-53GA - Marinestützpunkt Eckernförde

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Sikorsky CH-53GA leaving Glücksburg-Meierwik barracks for the flight back to Holzdorf

Sikorsky CH-53GA leaving Glücksburg-Meierwik barracks for the flight back to Holzdorf | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

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Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" during a refueling stop at Marine Corps Air Station New River

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SIAF2017- Slovak International Air Fest, Sliac - Sikorsky CH-53GA

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Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion approaches a landing zone to retrieve an M777 Howitzer 155mm during training

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Sikorsky CH-53G - Absicherung der Löschwasserentnahme - Wasserrettungswache Bärwalder See

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Sikorsky CH-53G - Absicherung der Löschwasserentnahme - Wasserrettungswache Bärwalder See

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