Helicopter CH-53K King Stallion tested for refueling in the air

Helicopter CH-53K King Stallion tested for refueling in the air

The heavy transport helicopter CH-53K King Stallion was tested for refueling in the air. According to Defense Aerospace, the tests were carried out by the US Marine Corps as part of the final stage of development tests, which were recognized as completely successful.


Tests were conducted over the Chesapeake Bay, in total they took 4,5 hours. During the flight, refueling in the air of a helicopter was simulated; there was no real refueling. The test involved a KC-130J tanker.

During the tests, the influence of the aerodynamic track of the refueling aircraft on the helicopter was evaluated, in addition, checks were carried out to connect the fuel rod to the fuel cone and disconnect from it.

Currently, eight CH-53K King Stallion helicopters are in trial operation as part of the United States ILC, the end of the tests and the adoption of the helicopter for service is planned in 2021. In total, the US Department of Defense plans to purchase up to 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters.

The CH-53K King Stallion helicopter is a continuation of the CH-53 lineup, which has been produced since 1964. The new modification is the largest and most "powerful" in the family of "Stallions" (from the English. Stallion - stallion). The car first flew in the 2015 year, and the 2018 first serial helicopter passed into trial operation. It is considered the most powerful helicopter in service with the US Army. With a maximum take-off weight of 39,9 tons, it is able to lift a load of up to 12,25 tons on the external sling (the maximum weight lifted on testing is 16,3 tons) or up to 55 people in the cargo hold and move 200 km away. The speed of the helicopter - 315 km / h. Crew from 2 to 5 man (two pilots + 3 arrow). In service with three 12,7-mm machine gun.

The helicopter is equipped with active and passive protection systems - in particular, the armored hull protects the crew and passengers from small-arms fire weapons, and active protection systems can protect the machine from damage by missiles.

Despite the fact that the cost of CH-53K King Stallion is comparable to the latest fifth-generation fighter F-35B, the US Department of Defense considers such costs justified.
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  1. Reserve buildbat April 18 2020 15: 16 New
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    That is, this fat mare is almost like a "flightless bird"? Yeah ... Our "cutters" are just innocent kids ...
    1. Shurik70 April 18 2020 19: 16 New
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      They are sawers or not, but to refuel a helicopter in flight is strong.
      And quite difficult technically.
      1. Reserve buildbat April 18 2020 20: 22 New
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        And they did it a long time ago and successfully.
    2. sp77ark April 18 2020 20: 32 New
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      Lovers of counting other people's money just touches lol
  2. voyaka uh April 18 2020 15: 17 New
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    Everything is fine with him, except for the price under $ 90 million.
    Like the F-35.
    Israel also chose them. But I'm not sure what they will buy. Because of the price.
    1. Grigory_45 April 18 2020 17: 47 New
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      Quote: voyaka uh
      Israel also chose them. But I'm not sure what they will buy. Due to price

      if on account of US military assistance? Or did you choose the F-35th limit?
  3. Mayak-SH-7 April 18 2020 15: 18 New
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    The National Interest called Ukrainian tank modifications better than Russian ones.

    Why the shame of Russian tanks in the American press did not leave the Russian media indifferent.
    https://newsland.com/community/ukraine/content/the-national-interest-nazval-ukrainskie-modifikatsii-tankov-luchshe-rossiiskikh/7070817

    https://lenta.ru/news/2020/03/23/t80/
    and the news is fresh, gentlemen, but for some reason Military Review did not publish it.
    1. Ramzaj99 April 18 2020 15: 32 New
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      Quote: Mayak-SH-7
      The National Interest named Ukrainian tank modifications better than Russian
      the news is fresh, gentlemen, but why the Military Review did not publish ..

      Why publish?
      Ukraine no longer produces tanks, from the word at all, and it seems forever.
      And the fact that they do not understand what and how they upgraded a pair of decommissioned tanks bought somewhere in Europe ....
      So this is not news - it is a shame for the country once with one of the strongest tank industries .....
    2. Bykov. April 18 2020 15: 48 New
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      Quote: Mayak-SH-7
      The National Interest called Ukrainian tank modifications better than Russian ones.

      and the news is fresh, gentlemen, but for some reason Military Review did not publish it.

      Yes, it’s high time for VO to create a section - Humor.
    3. Grandfather April 18 2020 17: 04 New
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      Quote: Mayak-SH-7
      and the news is fresh, gentlemen

      Turchynov to you mister ... go fat eat guzzled ...
    4. Ros 56 April 18 2020 18: 00 New
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      If their tanks are so cool, how did they manage to weld in boilers? Storytellers however. So let this icteric press write about Khokhlyat tanks in comparison with Abrams.
  4. Fedorov April 18 2020 15: 21 New
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    Well, the flag in his hands and Paravoz towards,
  5. Doccor18 April 18 2020 15: 32 New
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    Serbian bird for the United States Commission.
    The price is just prohibitive for a helicopter. Although, the Fed will finish, if that.
    10 helicopters to 550 marines are able to convey in the first wave ...
    1. helmi8 April 18 2020 16: 26 New
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      Quote: Doccor18
      Serbian birdie for the United States Commission

      And what is serious about it with a range of 200 km and a ceiling of 4400 m? Three machine guns 12,7? lol
      1. Grigory_45 April 18 2020 18: 08 New
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        Quote: helmi8
        And what is serious about her

        in terms of carrying capacity it will be inferior only to the Russian Mi-26, in the west it has no analogues at all. But the Mi-26 is a huge unarmored unarmed shed, the CH-53K is much more versatile and can be based on ships.
        In general, the tasks of helicopters in Russia and the United States are very different. Americans need turntables that can transfer hundreds of paratroopers and equipment from ships, to pull fighters out of a hot place, and King Stallion has everything you need (modern avionics, speed, weapons and armor).
        As for the flight range - do not forget that King Stallion is equipped with a refueling system, which at times increases the range
  6. knn54 April 18 2020 15: 42 New
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    An ordinary helicopter pilot, I think, is not capable of it. As for the price, the refueling system is clearly not "five cents". Yes SPECIALLY designed engines (small batch) will cost a lot.
    1. Grigory_45 April 18 2020 22: 06 New
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      Quote: knn54
      The average helicopter pilot, I think, is beyond the power.

      refueling in the air? Not at all. It is practiced by just ordinary flight personnel, for the Americans it is commonplace to refuel from a tanker. For example, a transport aviation pilot must practice refueling in the air at least once every 45 days.

      The refueling system itself is not complicated. But it multiplies the capabilities of aviation.
    2. sp77ark April 18 2020 22: 09 New
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      With the appropriate training is not very difficult: low speed + the possibility of repetition.
      And about the price, installing a rod with a shut-off valve is a trifle compared to the cost of the helicopter or the tanker.
  7. BREAKTHROUGH READY April 18 2020 15: 47 New
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    The ILC is rotting and will soon fall apart.
    There and the road to them, do not mind at all.
  8. Grigory_45 April 18 2020 17: 47 New
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    King Stallion is a good helicopter, but the price tag on it, of course, is still ... The machine runs the risk of becoming history as the most expensive helicopter in the world
  9. Ros 56 April 18 2020 18: 02 New
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    And who needs this hemorrhoids with dressing? Yes, almost with a company of soldiers.
    1. sp77ark April 18 2020 20: 20 New
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      So buy a new V-22B. He pulls more cargo for the same headstock at one gas station, further, faster and higher. And then the shallow V-280 will catch up.
    2. Grigory_45 April 18 2020 22: 04 New
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      Quote: Ros 56
      And who needs this hemorrhoids with dressing?

      if you want to fly far and long - be able to refuel in the air. Our strategists and long-distance players also master this art.
      Have the opportunity to refuel in the air - you multiply your strength.
      The specifics of the use of helicopters in the United States is such that without refueling it does not. They practice long-distance flights.

      By the way, the idea of ​​refueling in the air was first put forward in 1917 in Russia and patented in 1921 in the USA by the Russian inventor and pilot, emigrant Alexander Seversky
  10. Ratmir_Ryazan April 18 2020 20: 27 New
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    The helicopter is equipped with active and passive protection systems - in particular, an armored hull protects the crew and passengers from small arms fire, and active protection systems are able to protect the car from damage by missiles.


    It’s a pity that we don’t have one.
  11. L-39NG April 18 2020 22: 33 New
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    A similar device has long been in the army,
    Here, of course, equipment testing, but, first of all, pilot break-in. You may not need it, but others may come in handy
  12. lvov_aleksey April 18 2020 23: 26 New
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    nobody has mastered our helicopter:
    https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9C%D0%B8-26
  13. lvov_aleksey April 18 2020 23: 32 New
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    Quote: L-39NG
    A similar device has long been in the army,
    Here, of course, equipment testing, but, first of all, pilot break-in. You may not need it, but others may come in handy

    How do you know that our helicopters do not have refueling? More precisely, I ask why she needs us ?!
  14. Yaro Polk April 19 2020 11: 28 New
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    I don’t see the point in this, are they going to fly oceans to them)
    Or decided to hang out purely)
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