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Navy awards $143.6M to General Electric for King Stallion engines
by Sommer Brokaw
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019

The Department of Defense has announced that the Navy awarded a nearly $143.6 million contract to General Electric Aviation for 27 King Stallion helicopter engines.

The contract modification is for General Electric Aviation to continue manufacturing engines for Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift cargo helicopters in Lynn, Mass.

Under the award, GE Aviation will complete low-rate initial production of 24 Lot III T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines and three Lot II engines, along with associated logistical support and spares by December 2022, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, for the U.S. Marine Corps, will produce 12 King Stallion Lot 2 and Lot 3 helicopters under contract the Pentagon announced in May.

Lot 2 and Lot 3 low-rate initial production on the 12 aircraft is expected to be completed by December 2023 with the first deployment of the aircraft expected sometime in 2023 or 2024.

Last month, the Defense Department announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Co. was awarded a $48.3 million U.S. Navy contract for spare parts to maintain CH-53K helicopters.

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