The CH-53K aircraft lifted a 36,000-pound external payload during a flight demonstration held Feb. 10 at Sikorsky’s facility in Florida, Lockheed said Wednesday.
Sikorsky conducted the external lift flight test as it prepares to deliver the first CH-53K helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps.
Lockheed noted the helicopter previously lifted a joint light tactical vehicle and other 27,000-pound external payloads.
CH-53K is a heavy-lift helicopter that works to provide maritime- and ground-based logistics support to the Marines and is designed to lift up to 27,000 pounds of external payloads.
Lockheed is set to demonstrate Sikorksy’s CH-53K helicopter at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Germany in April.