The Marine Corps’ new CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter is on track to surpass the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter in unit cost, a lawmaker said this month.
The still-in-development King Stallion is designed to replace the Marines’ CH-53E Super Stallion choppers, which are reaching the end of their service lives. But while Super Stallions cost about $24 million apiece, or $41 million in current dollars, the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin King Stallion began with a per-unit price tag of about $95 million — and there are indications it could rise further.
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Update #1: U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K Cost Balloons By 22% (Aviation Week)
Update #2: US Marines' New Chopper to Be More Expensive Than F-35 Disaster (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: A $100 million plus helicopter for the Marines?!?!?! adn what makes it worse is that the Marine Corp is wondering why they do not have enough funds to buy ground vehicles .... Lawmaker Worries Marine Corps Investing Too Heavily In Aviation Over Ground Vehicles (USNI News).