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NAVAIR PATUXENT RIVER, Md. --- A new heavy lift helicopter is now officially in the pipeline for the Marine Corps following a Dec. 22, 2005 decision by the Honorable. Kenneth R. Krieg, under secretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics to authorize the Heavy Lift Replacement program here to begin a $4.4 billion development program for the aircraft.
A "Cost Plus Award Fee" contract for the System Development and Demonstration phase, estimated to be approximately $2.9 billion, is expected to be signed with Sikorsky in March 2006.
An Initial System Development and Demonstration contract worth $8.8 million to Sikorsky was signed January 3. A follow-on ISDD contract is expected in several weeks. An exact figure for that contract is not yet known.
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Marines go with Sikorsky
Heavy-lift project worth $19b to Stratford contractor
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WASHINGTON — Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford will develop the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter over the next decade, bringing in nearly $19 billion for the Connecticut defense contractor. Sikorsky is scheduled to deliver the first of 156 new CH-53K helicopters to the Marines starting in 2015. Until then, the company will receive an estimated $4.2 billion to totally revamp the Marines' CH-53E Super Stallion.
Col. Paul Coisetiere, Marine program manager, and Sikorsky Program Manager David Haines described the project in detail for the first time at a press conference Thursday at the Pentagon.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Yes, let's spend millions of dollars revamping a design that currently requires 44 man hours of maintenance for EVERY HOUR of flight time. Now THERE'S a bright idea. Thank you Pentagon.
Originally posted by jetsetter
There is a reason for that. The helicopters being used now are very old, upward of 20-30 years on each airframe. The age of these craft require them to have much maintenance. The revamping of the design would allow the troops to get a new helicopter faster than if one was designed from scratch. Also, many improvements will be made that will increase reliability and capabilities.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
We had HH-53s at Hickam when we first got back here in 1983, and they were a piece of junk then too. They spent a lot of time sitting in the hangar then, and we had one go down on a ship attempting a rescue, killing the crew of 7. It had just come out of maintenance, and when they were hovering over the ship, the tail folded. That was 22 years ago, and even with an upgrade it's still going to be a maintenance intensive bird. Maybe not at 44-1, but still intensive.
The Super Stallion continues to undergo improvements that increase operational readiness and safety. Modifications, such as a night vision system, heads up display, global positioning system, UHF/VHF jam-resistant radios, crashworthy seats, and number two engine fire detectors, enhance the aircraft's survivability and capability. During 1998, the Fleet received three new production CH-53Es. In June 1998, engineers successfully completed a critical design review for an H-53 and H-60 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostics (IMD) Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) that will integrate, test, and procure a commercial/military "dual use" mechanical diagnostic system.
From FY-96 through FY-98, a Service Life Assessment Program (SLAP) was conducted to develop usage and fatigue life profiles for the H-53E. The resultant SLAP Report will serve to justify commencement of Phase I of the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) which is funded in APN-5. In addition, in FY-98, the program completes a White House requirement to competitively procure, install, test and evaluate an Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic (IMD) system on two Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters as an Early Operational Assessment (EOA). In FY-99 RDT&E, Service Life Assessment Program (SLAP) commenced a two year effort on the CH-53D. The Marine Corps Aviation Plan shows the CH-53D remaining in service until 2008. Therefore a Service Life Assessment Program (SLAP) must be conducted in order to ascertain what actions must be taken to safely operate the aircraft until it is replaced by the MV-22.
Originally posted by iori_komei
I think they need to just get totaly new helicopters.
The first helo picture, looks like the thing was designed in the 1950's.
Not much more to say, so yeah.
No, it was designed in the 80's. Helicopters dont have the lifespan aircraft do, they could never live as long as the B-52.