US Navy To Buy Six More Sikorsky Helicopters - Pentagon
Faizan Hashmi 5 days ago Tue 13th August 2019 | 04:30 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 13th August, 2019) The US Navy is purchasing six additional Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters, the Department of Defense announced in a press release.
"Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $107,353,729... for six CH-53K low-rate initial production lot 4 aircraft," the release said on Monday.
However, the H-53K, widely billed as the US's next-generation heavy lift military helicopter, is suffering from more than 1,000 present or forecast "mission-impacting technical issues" that could delay the program up to eight months, Pentagon analysts warned in a program review in April.
The US armed forces plan to buy at least 200 CH-53Ks and the cost of the total program was estimated near $25 billion in fiscal year 2015, but this figure has since climbed to $31 billion with more increases anticipated.