via IHS Janes
The US Navy has disclosed it intention to contract Sikorsky to deliver 20 low-rate initial production (LRIP) CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters to the US Marine Corps (USMC).Wow. This thing is moving right along. I wonder why we can get aviation done with a quickness but getting our armor house in order is too fucking hard for leadership.
A request for information (RfI) for the programme management, engineering, logistics support, various recurring and nonrecurring efforts, and the fabrication, assembly, and delivery of 20 LRIP 3 and LRIP 4 CH-53K helicopters was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website on 13 June.
Once awarded, the contract will cover 2018-24 CH-53K LRIP deliveries, testing, sustainment, and support. According to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), responders should have or have had a working relationship with the CH-53K original equipment manufacturer, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and should submit their information no later than 17:00 hours Eastern Daylight Time on 18 June.
The new Marine Corps. A seagoing 101st Airborne in MARPAT...with pink insignia.