09 Mar '18, 11pm

WATCH: Marines' New King Stallion Lifts 36,000 Pounds in Test

WATCH: Marines' New King Stallion Lifts 36,000 Pounds in Test

The Marines' future heavy-lift helicopter just got more formidable. In a recent test, the CH-53K King Stallion lifted an external load of 36,000 pounds into a hover, then continued into flight, manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. announced this week. The King Stallion is set to replace aging CH-53E Super Stallion s, with initial operational capability likely to happen in 2020. Ahead of then, the Marine Corps is already buying the new aircraft in greater quantities each year. The service's fiscal 2019 budget request included funds for eight more King Stallions . Prior to the recent lift test, the King Stallion had successfully lifted up to 27,00 pounds, with one load including a joint light tactical vehicle, the 14,000 Humvee replacement for the Army and Marine Corps. That load already represented an increase over the capacity of the Super Stallion. Related Video : "The CH-5...

Full article: https://www.military.com/dodbuzz/2018/03/09/watch-marines...

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