Mile­stone C

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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.

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