CH-53K Heavy Transport in Helicopter Carrier Tests

 In Sea, Air, Forces & Capabilities, Oceans

The CH-53K King Stallion heavy trans­port heli­copter com­plet­ed tests on a US Navy heli­copter car­ri­er at the end of June 2020.

The test, which took place over around 14 days in the Atlantic Ocean, includ­ed taking off and land­ing from var­i­ous deck posi­tions by day and night under severe weath­er con­di­tions, test­ing the auto­mat­ic rotor fold­ing system and var­i­ous com­pat­i­bil­i­ty tests on board.

The trans­port heli­copter from Sikorsky, has thus reached one of the last mile­stones on the way to the upcom­ing relo­ca­tion by the US Marine Corps.

The CH-53K King Stallion heavy trans­port heli­copter suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed a com­pre­hen­sive series of tests on a US Navy heli­copter car­ri­er at the end of June 2020. The test, which took place over around 14 days in the Atlantic Ocean, includ­ed taking off and land­ing from var­i­ous deck posi­tions by day and night under severe weath­er con­di­tions, test­ing the auto­mat­ic rotor fold­ing system and var­i­ous com­pat­i­bil­i­ty tests on board. The trans­port heli­copter from Sikorsky, which belongs to Lockheed Martin, has thus reached one of the last mile­stones on the way to the upcom­ing relo­ca­tion by the US Marine Corps. With the CH-53K, the US heli­copter man­u­fac­tur­er is also taking part in the Bundeswehr’s cur­rent tender for “heavy trans­port heli­copters” (STH).

From the begin­ning of June, the air­craft com­plet­ed a total of more than 360 take-offs and land­ings on the heli­copter car­ri­er (Landing Helicopter Dock — LHD) USS Wasp at sea. The heli­copter was flown in a wide vari­ety of wind con­di­tions. In addi­tion, it was towed onto deck and into the main­te­nance hangar and secured in dif­fer­ent sea con­di­tions using var­i­ous anchor­ing meth­ods. During this period, the main­te­nance crew of the CH-53K on board checked the fea­si­bil­i­ty of var­i­ous rou­tine main­te­nance activ­i­ties to ensure flight oper­a­tions.

Bill Falk, Director of the CH-53K pro­gram at Sikorsky, said “The CH-53K has clear­ly proven itself during its first trials at sea and in car­ry­ing out more than 360 take-offs and land­ings. The air­craft is thus one step closer to its relo­ca­tion. ”

The US Marine Corps plans to begin oper­a­tional test­ing and prepa­ra­tion of the CH-53K in 2021 and to deploy the heli­copter for the first time in 202324. After suc­cess­ful in-flight refu­el­ing tests and tests under poor vis­i­bil­i­ty con­di­tions (DVE), the most recent tests at sea have shown that the heli­copter’s test pro­gram is pro­ceed­ing as planned. In the coming weeks, fur­ther flights with vehi­cles and heavy equip­ment as inter­nal and exter­nal loads will be car­ried out at high alti­tudes and at high tem­per­a­tures (“hot & high”).

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