The Marine corps of the United States conducted the first phase of testing promising heavy transport helicopter CH-53K King Stallion of the sea. As writes Janes, check recognized successfully took place in early June 2020 in the Atlantic ocean on the basis of the amphibious assault ship “Wasp”.
King Stallion is a deep modernization of the CH-53E. The development of the CH-53K, the largest U.S. helicopter, was launched in 2006. The machine made its first flight in October 2015, and 2018 for the preliminary flight test King Stallion began, the U.S. Marine corps.
Maximum takeoff weight of the new transport helicopter is 39.9 tons. The machine can carry on the external load cargo with the weight up to 12.2 tons. Combat radius of the helicopter is about 200 kilometers. The CH-53K, is equipped with three engines GE38-1B, capable of speeds up to 315 kilometers per hour.
During tests at sea, the specialists checked the helicopter takeoff and landing from the deck of the ship “Wasp”, startup and shutdown of the engines in terms of pitching and humidity, as well as the interaction of airborne communication systems CH-53K with the communication systems “paratrooper”. In total during the test, which took two weeks, the car made 364 flight from the deck of “the Departed”.
Additionally, tests were conducted on the compatibility of the helicopter with refueling equipment aboard the ship. In addition, equipment checked, does the helicopter all designed for aircraft position on the deck of the landing ship in his hangar.
Previously the CH-53K passed tests for aerial refueling, during which simulated refueling from a tanker aircraft KC-130J. Until the end of 2020 CH-53K must undergo a series of tests, and in 2021, the U.S. Marine corps will start trial operation of the helicopter. It adopting also planned for 2021.