10/27/2017:The CH-53K King Stallion lands after a test flight in West Palm Beach, Fla. on March 22, 2017.
Lockheed Martin announced the CH-53K King Stallion passed its Defense Acquisition Board assessment that approved for the aircraft to begin low-rate initial production on April 4, 2017.
The CH-53K will be considered the most powerful helicopter in the Department of Defense and is scheduled to completely replace the CH-53E Super Stallion by 2030.
Photos by Lance Cpl. Molly Hampton
Office of Marine Corps Communication