the payload capability and a 12-inch wider internal cabin compared to the predecessor, the King Stallion’s increased payloads can range from multiple US Air Force standard 463L pallets to an internally loaded High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle ( HMMWV) or a European Fennek armoured personnel carrier, to up to three independent external loads at once. This provides extraordinary mission flexibility and system efficiency.
The US Department of Defense’s Programme of Record remains at 200 CH-53K aircraft. The first six of the 200 are under contract and scheduled to start delivery next year to the USMC. Two additional aircraft, the first LRIP aircraft, are under long lead procurement for parts and materials, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2020.