CH-53K King Stal­lion achieves Mile­stone C

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Lock­heed Martin re­cently an­nounced the CH-53K King Stal­lion pro­gramme suc­cess­fully passed its De­fense Ac­qui­si­tion Board (DAB) re­view and achieved a Mile­stone C de­ci­sion that en­ables low rate ini­tial pro­duc­tion fund­ing. “This af­fir­ma­tive Mile­stone C de­ci­sion val­i­dates the ma­tu­rity and the ro­bust ca­pa­bil­ity of the King Stal­lion in meet­ing the United States Marine Corps mis­sion re­quire­ments,” said Dr. Michael Torok, Siko­rsky Vice Pres­i­dent, CH-53K Pro­grams.

“This es­tab­lishes the CH-53K as a pro­duc­tion pro­gramme and marks an­other crit­i­cal step to­wards our goal of de­liv­er­ing this tremen­dous ca­pa­bil­ity to the USMC.”

Nu­mer­ous, suc­cess­fully com­pleted pre­req­ui­sites pre­ceded the Mile­stone C de­ci­sion. Sup­plier as well as prime con­trac­tor Pro­duc­tion Readi­ness Re­views took place through­out 2016 to es­tab­lish the pro­gramme’s readi­ness to move into low rate ini­tial pro­duc­tion. Air­craft ma­tu­rity was es­tab­lished well in ad­vance with over 400 flight hours achieved, and the Oc­to­ber 2016 ini­tial Op­er­a­tional As­sess­ment by the USMC fully es­tab­lished the abil­ity of the King Stal­lion to achieve crit­i­cal mis­sion flight and ground sce­nar­ios in the hands of ac­tive duty Marines.

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