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U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground tests newest Marine Corps helicopter - Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion"

U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground tests newest Marine Corps helicopter - Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

What has three 7,500 horsepower engines and will ultimately be able to externally carry a 27,000 pound load for 110 nautical miles? 

It's the CH-53K King Stallion, the newest iteration of the Marine Corps' heavy lift helicopter, which recently underwent testing at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG).

"It looks very similar to the old CH-53s, but this one is completely new," said Hi-Sing Silen, YPG test officer. "There is such major improvement that it is basically a new aircraft."

The CH-53 type helicopter has been a potent member of the Marine Corps aviation community's fleet for over 40 years, and the newest version takes the platform to a whole new level.

 

"It's meant to be faster, stronger, lighter, and perform all the duties of the previous iteration with nearly triple the payload capability ," said Silen.

"The beauty of fly-by-wire is that when a brownout occurs and the view of the ground goes away, you can put it into a stable hover mode where there is zero drift on the aircraft," added John Rucci, test pilot.

The degraded visual environment course at YPG is highly coveted by helicopter testers seeking to protect flight crews from the potentially catastrophic consequences of brownouts. 

The CH-53K testers reported good results as a result of their evaluations at the proving ground. 

"We maintained stability in a hover with very little pilot intervention," said Rucci. "We were able to perform tasks in the hover and do pretty much anything the Marine Corps would want to do with the aircraft in a degraded visual environment."

The 'moon dust' on YPG's DVE course, tilled for maximum diffusion when a helicopter hovers overhead, was adequately harsh for the testers' purposes.

"The view from inside the cockpit in the degraded visual environment here in Yuma was extremely poor," said Rucci. "It was about as bad as any of us have seen in any part of the world."

YPG's contributions to this testing were significantly greater than many other previous helicopter tests here.

"We developed a very elaborate test methodology that is different from the typical test in brownout conditions," said Silen. "We produced an independent link-to-link network from the airfield to the test site for their data acquisition instrumentation to operate from the airfield but talk to the aircraft at the test site. Our range communications personnel gave the customer an independent digital highway that monitored in real time the performance of all aspects of the aircraft."

Overall, the pilots who flew the craft had rave reviews about it and its state-of-the-art capabilities.

"From approach to landing to hover to take-off, the aircraft was incredibly stabile," said Rucci. "This technology will allow the Marine Corps to get in, deliver, and get out of any place in the world they choose to go."

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TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018: Gebirgsjäger gehen in die Luft - Sikorsky CH-53E - USMC

TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018: Gebirgsjäger gehen in die Luft - Sikorsky CH-53E - USMC | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Der schwere Transporthubschrauber Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion bringt die Soldaten zum nächsten Einsatz. 

 

Der Kommandeur der norwegischen Brigade entscheidet sich, die gegnerische britische Brigade zusätzlich in deren Flanke anzugreifen. Für diesen Schlag plant er den Einsatz der deutschen Gebirgsjäger.

 

Minus vier Grad, kühle, klare Luft, Sonnenschein, heiter. Eigentlich ein Tag zum Genießen, wenn die Aktivitäten der Gebirgsjäger und das stärker werdende Brummen in der Ferne nicht das Gegenteil ankündigen würden.

Die Soldaten der Kampfkompanien stehen in Wartezonen nahe des Bataillonsgefechtsstandes. Ausrüstung wird verpackt, die Waffenträger Wiesel fahren auf. Eine große Freifläche in direkter Nähe ist bereits als Landezone eingerichtet. Das Brummen wird lauter, stellt sich als Motor- und Rotorengeräusch heraus. Dann werden nach und nach fünf Punkte am Horizont sichtbar, die näherkommen. Die Punkte entwickeln sich zu schweren Transporthubschraubern Sikorsky Ch-53E „Super Stallion“ des US Marine Corps und aus idyllischer Ruhe wird jäh der Auftakt einer großen Luftverlegung. Die Kampfkompanien des Gefechtsverbandes gehen in die Luft.

 

„Das Bataillon hat den Auftrag, den Gegner in seiner Flanke anzugreifen“, sagt der stellvertretende Bataillonskommandeur Major Lars Kauven. Der Angriff wird mit der zweiten, dritten und vierten Kompanie tief im rückwärtigen Raum der gegnerischen Brigade erfolgen. „Das Bataillon soll dort bereits Kräfte des Gegners binden, die dieser somit nicht nach vorne bringen kann“, fährt Kauven fort. So wird der Widerstand gegen das angreifende 1. Bataillon der norwegischen Brigade geschwächt, dieses kann schneller vorstoßen und Raum gewinnen. „Wir sollen so den Druck auf den Gegner erhöhen“, ergänzt Kauven.

 

Der Angriff ist bei Bergset geplant, rund fünfzig Kilometer hinter der Frontlinie. Aus eigener Kraft, mit eigenen Fahrzeugen, ist es unmöglich, durch die feindlichen Linien zu stoßen und dorthin zu kommen. Die Gebirgsjäger können den zugewiesenen Angriffsraum nur auf dem Luftweg schnell und sicher erreichen.

 

Den Lufttransport stellen die fliegenden Einheiten des US Marine Corps sicher, die dem amphibischen Angriffsverbandes der North Force angehören. Für das Gebirgsjägerbataillon sind fünf schwere Transporthubschrauber Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion und zusätzlich zwei so genannte Kipprotor-Wandelflugzeuge MV-22B Osprey vorgesehen. In mehreren Wellen werden die drei Kampfkompanien des Gefechtsverbandes in den Einsatzraum geflogen. Die fünf Super Stallions der „Hammerheads“, wie sich die Staffel bezeichnet, schweben ein. Die mächtigen Rotoren wirbeln den Schnee auf. Ein kritischer Moment für die Piloten der großen Transporthubschrauber.

 

Direkt nach der Landung begeben sich die Gebirgsjäger zu den zugewiesenen Maschinen und sitzen auf. Die ersten zwei Wiesel fahren ebenfalls in die Hubschrauber und werden als Innenlast in den Einsatzraum transportiert. Während in der Landezone noch die Beladung der Hubschrauber im Gange ist, tauchen am Horizont bereits zwei Ospreys der „Blauen Ritter“ auf. Nach wenigen Minuten starten die Super Stallions geschlossen und entfernen sich im weiten Bogen von der Landezone. Die Ospreys fliegen ein, landen und werden ebenfalls zügig beladen. Schnell sind auch sie wieder in der Luft. Die erste Welle ist unterwegs. Ziel: Ein Bergplateau in rund 800 Metern Höhe, nur wenige Kilometer von Bergset entfernt.

 

Oberstleutnant Martin Sonnenberger, Kommandeur des Gefechtsverbandes Gebirgsjägerbataillon 232, ist mit seinen Soldaten der ersten Welle sicher auf dem Bergplateau gelandet. Gemeinsam mit Teilen seiner 2. Kompanie und Gebirgsaufklärern wartet er auf das Eintreffen der Folgekräfte.

 

Die Bedingungen auf dem Plateau sind für Sonnenberger und seine Männer kräftezehrend. Sie sind heftigem Wind und Nebel ausgesetzt. Nur ihre spezielle Winterkleidung macht es halbwegs erträglich. In zwei weiteren Wellen landen die restlichen Teile der „Zwoten“ sowie die 3. Kompanie an. Auch die vier Waffenträger Wiesel sind nun vor Ort. Vom Plateau aus breiten sich die Gebirgsjäger langsam aus, vergrößern ihren Landeraum und warten auf die Aufnahme der 4.Kompanie.

 
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Sikorsky CH-53E "Super Stallion" Helicopter - Trident Juncture 2018 - Norway - Interoperability Training with German Mountain Troops

USMC Sikorsky CH-53E helicopters supporting German mountain troops and their "Wiesel" Armoured Weapon Carriers during the recent NATO exercise "TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018".

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The commander of the German Air Force visited Israel in an effort to strengthen the cooperation 

The commander of the German Air Force visited Israel in an effort to strengthen the cooperation  | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

The Commander of the German Air Force, Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz, visited Israel this week for the first time since the beginning of his tenure. The visit is meant to continue and strengthen the strategic cooperation between the two air forces and the two countries. During his visit, Lt. Gen. Gerhartz met with the IAF Commander and other Senior Officers, visited the Nevatim and Tel-Nof AFBs, and discussed finding issues of common interest, such as the future replacement for the "Yas'ur" helicopter.

 

The Commander of the German Air Force, Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz, visited Israel this week as part of the effort to strengthen cooperation between the Israeli and German air forces. Lt. Gen. Gerhartz and his delegation visited the IAF Headquarters as well as the Nevatim and Tel-Nof AFBs. During his visit, Lt. Gen. Gerhartz met with IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin for the first time since the beginning of his tenure.

 

"The two air forces have a close cooperation, which is also a part of the close relations between Germany and Israel", said Maj I', Head of the IAF's Europe & Asia International Affairs Branch. "The cooperation mainly focuses on mutual exercises, mutual learning and force build-up processes. This is one of the German Air Force Commander's first trips, and he said that this visit was especially important as a result of the fertile cooperation".

Significant Relationships
The German Air Force Commander's visit focused on promoting mutual work programs between the two forces, establishing points for future cooperation and forming interpersonal relationships between the two forces' commanders. "The two air forces have cooperated many times over the years. The relations between us are close and will continue to grow stronger. The IAF Commander has said that the visit was significant for him".

Some events resulting from the two air forces' cooperation include: crew exchanges in the "Yas'ur" (CH-53) division, crew exchanges in the fighter division, mutual air defense study groups, participation in the "Blue Flag" 2017 exercise and future participation in "Blue Flag" 2019.

The German Air Force, like the IAF, is considering replacing the "Yas'ur" helicopter. The two forces' potential candidates are the CH-53K, which is based on the "Yas'ur", and the "Chinook" (CH-47). "The two countries have similar considerations for purchasing a new helicopter. This year, the Germans arrived at Israel to drill landing in dusty terrain and we are due to fly to Germany in order to practice landing in mountainous terrain", added Maj. I'.

Something to Look Forward To
The two air forces' cooperation is expected to grow over the coming years: additional cooperation in the field of air defense, a yearly force establishment discussion and more.

"The air forces are different from each other – it's clear that the German Air Force puts its focus on international manners. The Germans establish multi-national capabilities for every exercise or operation, unlike the IAF, which maintains its independence", concluded Maj. I'. "In spite of the difference, there's a lot in common. The Germans' grasp of aerial activity also places an emphasis on excellence and precision, and flying together illustrates each other's' qualities".


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Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" Helicopter - HEAVY LIFT UPDATE OCT/2018

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Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" - Degraded Visual Environment Testing, Yuma, Arizona 2018

Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" - Degraded Visual Environment Testing, Yuma, Arizona 2018 | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it
Built to thrive on the modern battlefield, the CH-53K aircraft is designed to be intelligent, reliable, low maintenance and survivable in the most austere and remote forward operating bases.
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Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" - Degraded Visual Environment Testing, Yuma, Arizona 2018

The CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter began degraded visual environment (DVE) testing at the U.S Army Yuma Proving Ground in September 2018. The CH-53K has the ability to get in and out of critical situations quickly, reducing exposure of its passengers and crew in hostile environments.

Video courtesy the U.S. Army and Sikorsky.

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Autoflug joins the Sikorsky Heavy Lift Helicopter Team for Germany's STH program

Autoflug joins the Sikorsky Heavy Lift Helicopter Team for Germany's STH program | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Sikorsky and AUTOFLUG signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate more closely together on AUTOFLUG’s equipment portfolio and Sikorsky’s CH-53K helicopter for the German STH program. 

AUTOFLUG views Sikorsky CH-53K as the most modern aircraft solution in the Heavy Lift Market and would assure the Germany Air Force has the safest and most technological aircraft with the best equipment available today. Each company views this as an opportunity to expand beyond only the STH Program for potential requirements in both the military and civilian markets. AUTOFLUG is a leader in aircraft seats, mission equipment for MedEvac and auxiliary fuel systems.

 

The companies have held talks regarding the CH-53K, the newly developed, state-of-the-art, heavy-lift transport helicopter made by Sikorsky, which is competing to be the successor to Sikorsky’s CH-53 GE/GS/GA currently being flown in Germany. AUTOFLUG is already developing safety seats for current German CH-53 fleet to improve crash safety for its remaining service life. The seating systems also have a low weight and are extremely quick to fit and remove, as well as being durable with no maintenance, and providing the occupant with maximum freedom of movement.

If the requirements remain the same or similar for its potential successor, AUTOFLUG could adapt for a configuration of up to 48 troop seats in the CH-53K, with minimal development effort. The management of AUTOFLUG is sure that an important factor in the selection process of the successor to the CH-53 GE/GS/GA will be the ratio of German industry in the overall program. A high degree of German participation is the precondition for a high level of constant availability during the planned life-time of the helicopters to be procured.

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2018 AIAA SciTech Forum - Andreas Bernhard - Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" Helicopter

Digital Transformations Disrupting Aerospace Business Models - Andreas Bernhard, Chief Engineer, CH-53K Helicopter, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

 

The design process for aircraft is one of the main digital disruptions in the aerospace sector. The CH-53K King Stallion helicopter that Sikorsky is developing for the U.S. Marine Corps is the Lockheed Martin subsidiary’s first production aircraft built with a completely digital, paperless design, said Andreas Bernhard, the helicopter’s chief engineer at Sikorsky. Looking ahead to the 2020s, Bernhard predicted, “our most profitable product is no longer going to be the Black Hawk, but the CH-53K.” New technologies on the CH-53K also include composite rotor blades that he said “generate enough lift to carry an empty Black Hawk,” a transmission with improved power density than previous generation Sikorsky helicopters, and digital engine controls in the cockpit.

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Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" Flight | 360-Degree Video

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Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion Helicopter Program Update @ Naval Helicopter Association Symposium 2018

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Sikorsky Begins CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter Deliveries to the U.S. Marine Corps - May 16, 2018

Sikorsky Begins CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter Deliveries to the U.S. Marine Corps - May 16, 2018 | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company,  delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) today. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps' fleet.

The CH-53K is the new build replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps' aging CH-53E Super Stallion fleet. The CH-53E first flew in 1974 and entered service with the USMC in 1981.

 

"Our first delivery of a CH-53K to the Marine Corps marks the start of a new generation of true heavy lift helicopter deliveries by Sikorsky that bring unsurpassed and expanded capability across the modern battlefield to provide tremendous mission flexibility and efficiency in delivering combat power, humanitarian assistance or disaster relief for those in need," said Dan Schultz, Sikorsky President and former CH-53 pilot. "With 18 additional aircraft in various stages of production already, the entire Sikorsky team, in partnership with our suppliers, is looking forward to additional deliveries to delight our customer."

This first CH53K heavy lift helicopter will be stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

There the helicopter enters into the Supportability Test Plan. U.S. Marines will conduct a logistics assessment on the maintenance, sustainment and overall aviation logistics support of the King Stallion. This assessment also will validate maintenance procedures with Marine Corps maintainers conducting hands-on care/upkeep of the aircraft. The Supportability Test Plan will ensure readiness and support on the flightline when CH-53K helicopters enter into service with the USMC.

Sikorsky expects to deliver its second CH-53K helicopter to the USMC in early 2019.

The CH-53K test program recently completed the following milestones: maximum weight single-point cargo hook sling load of 36,000 pounds (16,329 kilograms); forward flight speed of over 200 knots; 60 degrees angle of bank turns; altitude of 18,500 feet mean sea level (MSL); 12-degree slope landings and takeoffs; external load auto-jettison; and gunfire testing.

"I am very proud of the work accomplished to deliver the most powerful helicopter ever designed into the hands of our Marines," Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, Deputy Commandant for Aviation, said. "And confident in the teamwork and dedication in this program which will carry us to IOC (Initial Operational Capability) next year."

Sikorsky is preparing its manufacturing facility in Stratford, Connecticut, to house CH-53K production beginning this summer.

The heavy lift helicopter made its international debut and showcased its maneuverability and advanced fly-by-wire technology during demonstration flights at the recent ILA Berlin Air Show in Berlin, Germany.

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Sikorsky CH-53E "Super Stallion" - External Cargo Training

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Marines prepare to attach an M777 howitzer to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during integrated slingload training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 12, 2017.

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Lockheed teams up with Rheinmetall for German Military Helicopter Contract - Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion"

Lockheed teams up with Rheinmetall for German Military Helicopter Contract - Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion" | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

U.S. arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation and German peer Rheinmetall AG said they will team up to compete for a 4 billion euro ($4.9 billion) contract to supply the German military with heavy-lift helicopters.

 

The two companies told Reuters they had signed a strategic agreement on the tie-up, which they are set to formally announce on Tuesday.

 

Germany in December approved plans to buy 45 to 60 new heavy-lift helicopters, kicking off a competition between Lockheed, which is offering its massive CH-53K helicopter, and Boeing Co, which will offer its smaller twin-rotor CH-47 variant.

The German defense ministry expects to issue a request for information in the second half of 2018, with a contract expected to be awarded in mid-2020 and deliveries to begin in 2023, replacing Germany’s existing fleet of CH-53G aircraft.

 

Lockheed said in an emailed statement to Reuters that it had chosen Rheinmetall as its “lead teammate” for the bid because of the German company’s “wealth of experience and knowledge.”

It said it would name other German partners in coming weeks. “The goal is to offer German military forces as a comprehensive solution that includes the CH-53K helicopters as well as additional services in maintenance, service, training and program support,” Rheinmetall said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

Rheinmetall Chief Executive Armin Papperger said the team would offer “the best possible state-of-the-art aircraft for the German Air Force as successor for the legacy CH-53G fleet.”

Dan Schultz, president of Lockheed’s Sikorsky helicopter unit, who flew earlier CH-53 model helicopters while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, said in Lockheed’s statement that the new CH-53K model was “the most powerful heavy-lift helicopter that we have ever built.”

Boeing plans to offer Germany the CH-47 Chinook already used by eight other NATO countries. It has said it also plans to form partnerships with German industry.

 

Lockheed’s CH-53K, which includes an on-board diagnostic system, is due to make its international debut at the Berlin Air Show in April.

The U.S. Marine Corps plans to buy 200 of the new CH-53K helicopters at an average price of around $88 million per plane and expects to declare it ready for combat use in 2019.

 

Germany hopes to start buying its helicopters in 2023, and Israel and Japan have also expressed interest in the CH-53K.

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Sikorsky CH-53E "Super Stallion" - TALISMAN SABER 2017

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Marines disembark from a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter for a ground assault training exercise as part of Talisman Saber 17 in Australia, July 12, 2017. Talisman Saber is a biennial U.S.-Australia exercise

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Sikorsky CH-53K Completes Critical Flight Envelope Expansion with 36,000-pound External Lift - Mar 7, 2018

Sikorsky CH-53K Completes Critical Flight Envelope Expansion with 36,000-pound External Lift - Mar 7, 2018 | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion completed an external lift of a 36,000-pound payload at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center, achieving a maximum weight on the single center point cargo hook. This milestone marks completion of critical flight envelope expansion activities for the CH-53K as Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company prepares to deliver the first aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps this year.

 

The CH-53K lifted the external load of 36,000 lbs. into a hover followed by flight demonstrating satisfactory handling qualities and structural margins.  The gross weight of the aircraft topped out at just over 91,000 lbs., making this the heaviest helicopter ever flown by Sikorsky.

 

"The successful completion of these last critical envelope expansion tests further demonstrates the maturity of the CH-53K aircraft," said Dr. Michael Torok, Sikorsky Vice President, Marine Corps Systems. "We look forward to bringing this unique and exceptional heavy lift capability to the United States Marine Corps and our international customers."

Prior to the 36,000-lb. lift, the CH-53K lifted various external payloads up to 27,000 lbs. including a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The CH-53K can carry a 27,000 lb. external load over 110 nautical miles in high/hot conditions, which is more than triple the external load carrying capacity of the legacy CH-53E aircraft.  Other flight envelope accomplishments include tethered hover demonstrating flight speeds to 200 knots, angle of bank to 60 degrees, takeoffs and landings from sloped surfaces up to 12 degrees, external load auto-jettison, and gunfire testing.

"The payload capability of this helicopter is unmatched, triple that of its predecessor and better than any other heavy lift helicopter in production," said Col. Hank Vanderborght, U.S. Marine Corps Program Manager for the Naval Air Systems Command's Heavy Lift Helicopters Program. "The CH-53K program continues on pace to deploy this incredible heavy lift capability to our warfighters."


The CH-53K is also garnering international interest. Rheinmetall and Sikorsky recently signed a strategic teaming agreement to offer the CH-53K for Germany's new heavy lift helicopter competition. Additional teammates will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the aircraft's debut at the ILA Berlin Air Show in April.   

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Sikorsky CH-53K Completes Critical Flight Envelope Expansion with 36,000-pound External Lift

The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion completed an external lift of a 36,000-pound payload at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center, achieving a maximum weight on the single center point cargo hook.

 

 

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Lockheed Martin Counting on CH-53K "King Stallion" to Drive Sikorsky Business

Lockheed Martin Counting on CH-53K "King Stallion" to Drive Sikorsky Business | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

At the beginning of January, Sikorsky’s CH-53K chief engineer, Andreas Bernhard, told the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) SciTech Forum that the CH-53K King Stallion would generate more revenue than the Black Hawk in the 2020s.

Lockheed Martin EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said during the company’s full-year 2017 earnings call Monday that what Bernhard said is as much a necessity for the future of the business as it is a projection.

With the recent sale of Sikorsky’s light helicopter line, it’s clear what market is expected to bring in the most business.

“In the longer term with Sikorsky, we’d like to see the growth coming from the 53K program as we start to enter the low-rate production phase of that program,” Tanner said. “Hopefully, you should think of the downturn in Black Hawk helicopter deliveries being offset by upticks in 53K volume, as well as some of the other development programs we’ve got going like the presidential helicopter program as well.”

Lockheed Martin is also hoping to secure international deals for the CH-53K. Tanner said that the aircraft is set to fly at the Berlin Airshow, and Germany is one of two of the “most likely” customers.

The other likely customer is Israel, which U.S. Congress targeted April 2017 as an international customer for the King Stallion. Brig. Gen. Nir Nin-Nun, commander of air support and helicopter division for the Israeli Air Force, visited Patuxent River, Maryland, to take a test flight in November.

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Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory calls for disposable UAV cargo glider that could deploy from Sikorsky CH-53 

Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory calls for disposable UAV cargo glider that could deploy from Sikorsky CH-53  | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Teams off US Marines on remote bases could be re-supplied in the future with "disposable" unmanned gliders toting up to 454kg (1,000lb) of cargo each.

 

The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory awarded a contract to California-based Yates Electrospace Corp to test a series of unmanned gliders weighing between 227 and 454kg, the company says.

The autonomous cargo aircraft named Silver Arrow will complete a 12-month flight test with the service, the company says.

 

Yates has previously characterized its Silent Arrow UAV as an electric-powered UAV capable of hauling payloads up to 454kg.

“By removing the electric powertrain from our Silent Arrow product line, we will meet all performance requirements at unprecedented unit costs for such a capable air delivery asset,” says chief executive and founder Chip Yates.

The MCWL called for a disposable glider that could deploy from Lockheed Martin C-130, Bell Boeing MV-22 and Sikorsky CH-53 aircraft and deliver a payload of up to 317kg to within 45.7m (150ft) of the targeted delivery point.

Silent Arrow is part of a larger initiative the USMC and US Army are targeting, as the two services search for ways to lighten their expeditionary forces’ load.

During the 2017 AUVSI Xponential show, army and marine corps leaders expressed the need for aircraft that could take away the need to carry mission equipment and emergency resupply, from water bottles to packets of blood.

The army is exploring options through its joint tactical autonomous resupply system (JTARS), which calls for a midsize, unmanned cargo aircraft.

The glider version of the Silver Arrow is the latest in a series of am ambitious, electric-powered aircraft launched by the Los Angeles-based start-up.

Yates also plans to start flying next year a prototype for a nine-seat commuter aircraft with a hybrid-electric propulsion system. The company also has a design contract from another start-up -- Wright Electric -- for an electric-powered airliner capable of speeds up to 304kt (563km/h) for short-haul routes.

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Taking Care of the K: "quick care on the ground = more time in the sky" - Sikorsky CH-53K "King Stallion"

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Germany outlines "in-flight refuelling" capability for future heavy-lift helicopter aquisition

Germany outlines "in-flight refuelling" capability for future heavy-lift helicopter aquisition | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Germany has confirmed that its future fleet of heavy-lift helicopters will require in-flight refuelling capability.

Berlin in late 2017 gave the go-ahead for its BAAINBw procurement agency to begin the acquisition of around 60 helicopters to replace an existing fleet of 70 elderly Sikorsky CH-53GE/GA/GS transports operated by the German Air force.

 

Under consideration are the developmental CH-53K and Boeing's CH-47F Chinook.

A request for proposals should be issued in May, with a selection expected in 2019, Col Bernhard Martin told the Defence IQ International Military Helicopter conference in London on 31 January. Martin, who is the air force's deputy assistant chief of staff for capability management, confirms a fleet-wide requirement for aerial refuelling on the new rotorcraft.

"We are expecting and have a requirement to have air-to-air refuelling for all our future heavy-lift helicopters," he says.

Although the CH-53K is compatible with this need, only the MH-47G variant of the Chinook has an in-flight refuelling capability. Germany may also request a longer-range version of the CH-47.

In the long term, in-flight refuelling will be performed using the Airbus Defence & Space A400M, but Germany has recently indicated that it intends to also acquire three Lockheed Martin KC-130J tankers, as part of a shared fleet with France.

Martin says the German air force's current CH-53 inventory "will reach the end of its operational life by about 2025".

However, obsolescence issues are already hampering the service's operational capabilities. "Due to the end of industrial support, in combination with other technical support issues, our current flying hours already show a substantial shortfall," Martin says, adding that only around 6,000h was being achieved per year across the fleet, against a target of more than 10,000h.

A contract for the future type should be awarded in early 2020, says Martin, with the first aircraft to arrive in 2023.

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NATO Resolute Support Mission: Sikorsky CH-53GS bei Einsatzflug in Afghanistan beschossen - keine Personen- oder Sachschäden

NATO Resolute Support Mission: Sikorsky CH-53GS bei Einsatzflug in Afghanistan beschossen - keine Personen- oder Sachschäden | Sikorsky CH-53 | Scoop.it

Am 18. Januar gegen 4.40 Uhr Mitteleuropäischer Zeit wurden zwei Transporthubschrauber vom Typ CH-53 auf einem Einsatzflug beschossen.

 

Der Beschuss erfolgte vermutlich mit Handwaffen.

Der Vorfall ereignete sich circa 30 Kilometer nordöstlich von Maimanah. Die Piloten reagierten mit Ausweichmanövern und konnten ihren Auftrag anschließend erfolgreich fortsetzen.

Seitens der deutschen Soldaten wurde der Beschuss nicht erwidert. Es kam zu keinen Personen- oder Sachschäden.


Stand: 20. Januar, 11.00 Uhr

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Sikorsky CH-53GS - NATO Resolute Support Mission - Afghanistan

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Sikorsky MH-53 "Pave Low" - 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group -  Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

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