PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 09 May 2014 | UPDATED: 22:28 GMT, 09 May 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Sikorsky Aircraft officially unveiled the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, the next generation in the CH-53 type series that the U.S. Marine Corps expects to begin operational service in 2019. During the rollout ceremony, attended by members of Congress, the Department of Defense, major suppliers to the program, international guests and company employees, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General F. Amos introduced the name for the new aircraft: the "King Stallion."
GE Aviation's all-new T408 engine (previously known as the GE38-1B) plays a key role in the increased capability of the CH-53K helicopter. Compared to the CH-53E aircraft's T64 turboshaft powerplant, the three new engines provide 57 percent more power for approximately 20 percent lower specific fuel consumption.
Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled its new CH-53K helicopter