Lockheed Martin’s company Sikorsky has selected WHI Global to produce Cockpit Escape Hatches, Transition to Cabin Joining Kits, and Transition to Tail Rotor Pylon Joining Kit for its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter.

This contract is valued at more than $60m.

WHI Global will manufacture the assemblies at its facilities in Springfield and Tulsa, US.

WHI Global CEO Al Altieri said: “We are very excited and honoured by the trust Sikorsky has placed in our relationship, and our ability to execute on this critical statement of work.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to serve our military as a key supplier on this remarkable aircraft.”

WHI Global, an integrated manufacturer of composite and metal structures for the aerospace and defence industry, is a long-term supplier with Sikorsky.

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The two companies have collaborated for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and other military and commercial rotorcraft platforms.

The CH-53K King Stallion helicopter is designed to enhance aircrew, aircraft and passenger survivability.

The helicopter reduces pilot workload and increases situational awareness while minimising support and operational costs.

The US Marine Corps’ (USMC) CH-53K replaces its legacy Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter. The new aircraft offers mature technologies to provide over three times the capabilities of its predecessor.

The helicopter can lift 12,247kg at a mission radius of 203km in extreme weather conditions.

The USMC is aiming to procure around 200 CH-53K helicopters from Sikorsky, of which the first was delivered in 2018.

The helicopter is expected to be delivered to the USMC for operational squadron deployment in fiscal year (FY) 2024.