The CH-53K King Stallion is the newest, most powerful, heaviest variant and also the most expensive transport helicopter of the US military. This line of helicopters is converging the quintessence of American super-heavy transport helicopter technology.
For the army, helicopters are an excellent air mobility vehicle. Heavy-duty transport helicopters can carry combat vehicles and even light armored vehicles, over rough terrain that other vehicles cannot reach.
On July 30, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) under the US Department of Defense, issued a notice to the US Congress that they plan to sell 18 Sikorsky CH-53 K King Stallion helicopters to the Israeli Army under the US Military Aid Program to Israel.
The Military Sales Program (FMS) includes heavy helicopters; The total program value is estimated at $3.4 billion, including training and technical support packages. This is the first time Stallion King helicopters received orders from a foreign country.
The Stallion King is a new generation three-engine heavy transport helicopter, developed by Sikorsky Helicopters (now a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin); The Stallion King flew for the first time in October 2015. This is currently the world’s second largest heavy helicopter in terms of take-off weight and payload, with a maximum take-off weight of nearly 40 tons and a carrying capacity of 15.8 tons (outer hook load capacity up to 16 tons).
Stallion King’s take-off weight index, currently second only to the Russian Mi-26 Halo helicopter; The Russian Mi-26 helicopter has a maximum take-off weight of 56 tons and a payload of 30 tons.
The Stallion King is also just “closer” to the “Advanced Heavy Helicopter” AHL, jointly produced by Russian Helicopters and China Aviation Industry Corporation AVIC. The AHL’s maximum take-off weight is 38 tons and payload is 15 tons.
As the successor to the CH-53E Super Stallion, the Stallion King helicopter is heavily upgraded from the inside out; Stallion King uses a glass cockpit and an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system.