LightningZ71 wrote:The only publicly released information that's somewhat current is that the Pentagon and Boeing are researching the possibility of replacing the CH53K program with an up-engined CH-47, including using the same engines that are planned for the 53K on the 47 to increase it's capabilities. They acknowledge that the CH-47 will have a larger footprint on the Gator carriers, but, if it actually works reliably, it's a worth while trade. But, there's not much new since May, 2019.
texl1649 wrote:That's based on a May update essentially, I think, that Boeing is trying something to upgrade a legacy Chinook to an engine just a tad more modern than the T55 (which would have made sense a decade or two ago as well).
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... in-458380/
The image of a SOCOM Chinook on a Wasp class deck in this article is indeed very unusual, and unlikely to be accepted by the USMC. Going down to 2 engines from 3 would probably in itself entail years of study for the DoD for USMC missions.
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... new-ch-53k
Sikorsky Aircraft Co. was awarded a $48.3 million U.S. Navy contract for spare parts to maintain CH-53K helicopters, the Defense Department announced.
The Naval Air Systems Command awarded the company, a division of Lockheed Martin, a $1.3 billion Low Rate Initial Production contract Lots 2 and 3 for 12 aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps in May. One helicopter was delivered in Lot 1.
The contract revealed on Tuesday pertains to parts for the Lot 3 aircraft. The Navy plans to buy 200 CH-53Ks over the life of the program.
The work will be conducted in Quebec, Britain and seven U.S. Sikorsky facilities, and is expected to be completed by August 2024.
Known as the King Stallion, the heavy-lift helicopter will replace the aging CH-53E.
Regarded as the most powerful helicopter in the Department of Defense and able to lift up to 16 tons, the King Stallion is designed to expand the fleet's ability to move material rapidly.
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