Four additional test aircraft are being prepared for flight test, commencing in late 2014. During the three-year flight test program, Sikorsky will continue to evaluate the GTV for long-term endurance of the engines and dynamic components, survivability, and maintenance practices."We have entered a much anticipated phase in this developmental program," said Col. Robert Pridgen, U.S. Marine Corps Program Manager for Heavy Lift Helicopters. "We have experienced significant learning at the sub-system and component level, which continues to build our confidence in the capabilities of the 53K. We look forward to the initial validation and discovery at a full system level."
Sikorsky Begins Safety Of Flight Tests On First Prototype CH-53K Helicopter
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