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Marine Corps Iron Horse Squadron is designated to be the first unit to field the King Stallion to replace their fleet of Super Stallions.
The US’ most powerful, largest, and heaviest helicopter possesses three times more lift capability than its predecessor. It comes with a wider cabin and a maximum capacity of 35,000lbs.
Moreover, the CH-53K uses condition-based maintenance. This method puts diagnostic sensors in place to monitor the helicopter’s systems and predict points of mechanical failure.
The King Stallion can also fly longer distances and in hotter conditions than the CH-53E. Those features and capabilities, combined with its three uprated engines and new composite blades, make the new helicopter a worthy investment.
After all, the Marine Corps plans to receive 200 King Stallions at a whopping total cost of $25 billion.