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CH-53K ground tests

ChuckMK23

Former H-46 Driver
pilot
"But Corps officials routinely argue that the correct way to look at the CH-53Ks cost is its recurring fly-away cost, which currently is hovering at $87 million per aircraft."

Heh...hovering.
That will be a challenge if only 200 aircraft will be procured. To get any sort of economy on fly away cost - Sikorsky need to sell at least 500... which means - Germany, Israel, Japan. Heavy lift is not viewed as strategic for Euro/NATO land warfare types - and what is procured is well in hand by state subsidied programs from Airbus, Leonardo, etc. Boeing learned that lesson with CH-47 and poor penetration in that market after investing heavily.