The Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion helicopter has achieved initial capability. The service announced that the aircraft has passed a series of arduous tests and evaluations after flying more than 3,000 mishap-free hours.
The King Stallion has a more robust power plant than its predecessors, capable of delivering 57 percent more horsepower with 63 percent fewer parts. It can operate at higher altitudes and in hotter climates, carry payloads up to 27,000 pounds, and has a range of 110 nautical miles. It also offers three times the lift capability and can carry everyone and everything in the service’s air-ground task force.
Units are expected to take delivery of the King Stallion sometime in 2024.