The Marine Corps is revolutionizing their rotor wing, and it’s all because of this new helicopter, which is being called the future. The new CH-53K King Stallion is currently in developmental testing, with operational testing due to begin in 2018. But what makes this helicopter so special?
The King Stallion will be the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military. The cockpit will be advanced with state-of-the-art technology, and composite rotor blades will improve “hot and high” performance. It will have more power, allowing it to transport more Marines and more gear, and transport them at higher altitudes. It will be able to carry almost twice as much weight as its predecessor, the Super Stallion. And it does all of this while keeping the same carbon footprint as the Super Stallion. There are still a few more years before the King will fly — expectations right now are for it to be in the air in 2019 — but this footage gives us an exciting glimpse into what the future holds.