Lockheed announces production of Israel’s first CH-53K helicopter

CH-53K King Stallion performs a test flight at West Palm Beach, Fla. on April 4, 2017. The CH-53K will be considered the most powerful helicopter in the Department of Defense and is planned to completely replace the CH-53E Super Stallion by 2030.
(U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Molly Hampton)

TEL AVIV: Lockheed Martin has officially announced that it will produce dozens of CH-53K heavy helicopters for Israel, helicopters that sources here say will be augmented with high-tech Israeli systems. manufacturing.

The notificationannounced Tuesday, comes after the Israeli government approved a deal in January for 12 helicopters for about $2.4 billion, although Tuesday’s announcement involved only four First helicopter.

Lockheed said the helicopter produced by its Sikorsky subsidiary will replace the Israeli Air Force’s fleet of CH-53D Yasur helicopters “which have been in Israel’s inventory for more than 50 years.”

“The all-new CH-53K offers cutting-edge state-of-the-art capabilities that improve survivability, safety and reduce crew workload over its predecessor, making it the perfect fit. perfect for the demanding IAF mission,” said Lockheed. notification.

Initial delivery of the base helicopters is expected in 2025, but Israeli sources told Breaking Defense Israel plans to equip the base helicopters with their own system, which could delay delay delivery for a year or more. Most of those systems are classified, but sources say one will be a version of the Elbit MUSIC system designed to protect against mobile surface-to-air missiles by humans.

Lockheed’s announcement comes as the Israel Defense Forces are also looking to purchase new combat helicopters and upgrade their existing ones, sources said, including the possibility of purchasing new combat helicopters. 20 new Apache E helicopters and another 20 upgraded Apache D helicopters.

https://breakingdefense.com/2022/02/lockheed-announces-first-production-for-israeli-ch-53k-helicopters/ Lockheed announces production of Israel’s first CH-53K helicopter

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