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Lockheed Martin Corp.’s $31 billion King Stallion helicopter program for the U.S. Marine Corps is likely to miss its key milestone -- initial combat capability a year from now -- because of technical flaws found in development testing.
Resolving the problems is forcing a major restructuring of the program, with its development phase “taking longer than planned” as “additional test failures or issues” are discovered during flight tests, the Defense Contract Management Agency said in a statement.
The King Stallion, designated CH-53K, will be the same size as its predecessor, the Super Stallion, but will be able to externally lift 27,000 pounds (12,200 kilograms). That’s “more than triple the external load carrying capacity” of the CH-53E, according to a Lockheed fact sheet. The Navy’s plan to buy 200 of the copters for the Marines was a prime motivation for the contractor’s $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. in 2015.
originally posted by: 727Sky
a reply to: Zaphod58
With all the much touted high tech computer aided design capabilities the companies claim to have it really is amazing how they can still screw stuff up and the government ends up paying tax dollars to correct manufacturing defects or just shoddy engineering... Business as usual
But it's also frequently compounded by poor project management on the side of the contractors or customer.
originally posted by: thebozeian
We dont need another JSF debacle.