The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky division a contract to start producing the U.S. Marine Corps’ new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopters. The company will produce two of the massive rotary-wing aircraft under a so-called “Lot 1” Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) fixed price contract worth $304 million.
“I am proud of what the team has negotiated to bring this remarkable and unrivaled helicopter one step closer to the fleet,” U.S. Marine Corps. Col. Hank Vanderborght, Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) program manager for Heavy Lift Helicopters program, PMA-261, said in a statement . “This contract will benefit our Marine Corps’ ‘heavy lifters’ for decades to come. Future Marines, not even born yet, will be flying this helicopter well into the future.”