Magellan Aerospace Company (“Magellan”) introduced a contract award from Sikorsky Plane Company (“Sikorsky”), a Lockheed Martin Firm for low price preliminary manufacturing (LRIP) of assemblies to assist the manufacturing of the CH-53K® LRIP configuration helicopter. The multi-year, multi-million greenback settlement might be delivered from Magellan’s New York facility commencing in 2023. The contract consists of arduous metallic, machined deliverables for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for the manufacturing of the CH-53K King Stallion, the subsequent technology heavy-lift helicopter being produced to exchange the CH-53E Tremendous Stallion.

Commenting on the contract, Mr. Phillip C. Underwood, President and CEO of Magellan Aerospace Company mentioned, “We’re delighted with this important new contract award and the chance to solidify the connection between Sikorsky and Magellan. This settlement is a vital expression of confidence in our operational efficiency and the experience in precision arduous metallic machining at our New York facility.”


The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion (Sikorsky S-95) is a heavy-lift cargo helicopter designed and produced by Sikorsky Plane. The King Stallion is an evolution of the lengthy operating CH-53 collection of helicopters which have been in steady service since 1966, and options three uprated 7,500 shp (5,590 kW) engines, new composite rotor blades, and a wider plane cabin than its predecessors. It’s the largest and heaviest helicopter within the U.S. army. The USA Marine Corps plans to obtain 200 helicopters at a complete value of $25 billion. Israel has additionally reportedly ordered the sort; different potential export prospects embody Japan and Germany.

The CH-53K King Stallion is being a basic redesign of the previous CH-53E, the primary enhancements being the brand new engines and cockpit format. It has over twice the elevate capability and radius of motion of the CH-53E. Floor Check Car (GTV) testing began in April 2014; flight testing started with the maiden flight on 27 October 2015. In Could 2018, the primary CH-53K was delivered to the Marine Corps. On 22 April 2022, it was declared to have handed preliminary operational functionality. The CH-53K achieved preliminary working functionality On 22 April 2022 and is on monitor to deploy to the fleet in 2024. The Marine Corps plans to deploy the primary CH-53K Marine Expeditionary Unit detachment in fiscal 12 months 2024.

The Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53K Tremendous Stallion heavy-lift cargo helicopter is revieled in the course of the Roll Out Ceremony on the Sikorsky Headquaters in Jupiter, FL, on Could 5, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)(RELEASED)