USMC’s CH-53K helicopter successfully lifts joint light tactical vehicle

9 February 2018 (Last Updated February 9th, 2018 12:24)

The US Marine Corps' (USMC) CH-53K King Stallion helicopter has successfully demonstrated its capability to lift and set down a joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV).

The US Marine Corps’ (USMC) CH-53K King Stallion helicopter has successfully demonstrated its capability to lift and set down a joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV).

The exercise saw the helicopter hover up to 100ft and carry the 18,870lb vehicle for nearly ten minutes using a single point hook.

It was conducted by the CH-53K Integrated Test Team, which includes Sikorsky, NAVAIR and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21, the NAVAIR Internal Cargo Lab and PMA-261.

"The payload capability of this helicopter is unmatched, triple that of its predecessor and better than any other heavy-lift helicopter in production."

PMA-261 H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters programme office programme manager USMC colonel Hank Vanderborght said: “This was a first-of-its-kind event for both the CH-53K and JLTV programmes.

“Watching these two high-priority programmes come together on the flight line was an exceptional sight.”

Vanderborght added: “The payload capability of this helicopter is unmatched, triple that of its predecessor and better than any other heavy-lift helicopter in production.”

The vehicle used for the current demonstration was a four-seat JLTV model, known as the combat tactical vehicle.

The JLTV family of vehicles is intended to support the replacement of the US Army and the USMC’s high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), while the CH-53K helicopter is designed to replace its predecessor, the CH-53E Super Stallion.

CH-53K King Stallion is noted to possess more than triple the payload capability of its predecessor, in addition to a 12in-wider internal cabin.

The aircraft’s payload capability can take the form of a wide range of payloads such as an internally loaded, high-mobility, multipurpose wheeled vehicle, or the European Fennek armoured personnel carrier.