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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.
 

phrogdriver

More humble than you would understand
pilot
Super Moderator
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.
Is 500 a real number or just something you threw out?

Outside the US, there's probably not a requirement for 300 heavy lift helicopters in the entire world.
 

rotorhead1871

UH-1N.....NAS Agana, Guam....circa 1975
pilot
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.

the navy and japan should buy some too...but 200 is a good number, as --currently--the USMC has about 150 E's and the USN has 28. ..these are spendy airframes and with a low number buy.....no way will they sell 500.
 
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