The CH-53K King Stallion, the Marines’ newest heavy-lift helicopter, showcased its heavy-lift capabilities, lifting an F-35 Lightning II at an Air Force Base for the first time. Navy Patuxent River, Md.
A CH-53K King Stallion with the Sea Operations Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX-1), lifted the F-35B airframe during Helicopter Support Team operations.
The Marines said in a statement that the CLB-24 Marine Corps helicopter support team conducted lift operations outside of the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant to develop CH-53K King Stallions tactics, techniques and procedures.
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The CH-53K King Stallion multi-mission helicopter can lift up to 36,000 pounds of equipment, accommodate up to 30 soldiers, and has a computerized wire-operated system for semi-autonomous control. It is designed to conduct an expeditionary strike transport of armored vehicles, equipment and personnel to support dispersed operations inland from a critical, maritime operations hub in the region. Indo-Pacific region.
The King Stallion is an all-new heavy-lift helicopter that will expand the fleet’s ability to transport more materials faster. That power comes from three new General Electric T-408 engines, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the T-64 engine currently equipped on the CH-53E.