The Marine Corps’ New CH-53K Is a Mess

The Marine Corps’ New CH-53K Is a Mess
U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt Matthew Callahan

The Corps took delivery of its first CH-53 King Stallion in May 2018, but since then the heavy-lift helicopter has faced a series of mechanical issues that are impacting its expected operational date.

A Defense Department report said the CH-53K's initial operational capability milestone, originally set for December 2019, would likely be pushed back, and that the aircraft's initial operational test and evaluation will not kickoff until 2021 to correct multiple “design deficiencies” found during testing.

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