Spirit Begins Assembly on the Next CH-53K King Stallion Fuselage for the U.S. Marines

July 03 2017

Spirit will deliver the 12th all-composite cabin and cockpit to Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky Helicopter division early next year. Spirit AeroSystems has started assembly of the fifth System Demonstration Test Article (SDTA) CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps at Spirit's Wichita, Kan., facility. Major assembly on SDTA five is scheduled to begin in September. Spirit is responsible for the assembly of the entire cockpit and cabin and delivering the complete fuselage to Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company.

Tony Kondrotis, Spirit AeroSystems vice president of Defense programs said, "The lightweight composite structures we are providing to Sikorsky will give the Marine Corps a much-needed additional capability."

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