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Thursday, December 16, 2010

CH-53K Development Continues

By Andrew Parker

ITT Corp. has handed over the first major structural subassembly for the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K heavy lift helicopter to Sikorsky’s development flight center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The delivery of the initial sponson—a 25 x 4 x 5-foot structure that attaches to each side of the helicopter and houses landing gear, fuel and other components—comes after three years of design and development using various composite materials to meet weight and structural requirements set out by the military.
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