Lockheed Martin Built Helicopter Traveled 810 Miles to Reach US Navy

Lockheed Martin has issued a press release revealing that the new CH-53K King Stallion made its first long distance flight and traveled nearly 810 miles by air. It traveled such a long distance to reach the US Navy installation for extensive testing in the state of Maryland.

Lockheed Martin has detailed that the capacity of this new helicopter is three times more than that of the earlier helicopters.

The CH-53K King Stallion has the capability to takeoff and fly with an internally loaded High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and nearly three times of the external load together.

According to Lockheed Martin, fly-by-wire flight controls have been installed in the CH-53K King Stallion and is also equipped with related technologies that reduces the workload of pilot.

As per the press release, 200 units of CH-53K have been ordered by the US Department of Defense and the first six will be delivered in 2018 to the US Marine Corps.

No Agreement Signed Between India and Lockheed Martin for F-16 Production

A lot of noise was created by Lockheed Martin, the US based aerospace giant, but the reality is that no agreement has been signed between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the US for the production of F-16 Block 70 / 72.

Lockheed Martin wanted to move the production of its F-16 fighter aircraft from Texas, US to India with the view to fulfill Indian and global requirement.

 However, a condition has been placed, i.e. Indian Air Force (IAF) will have to include this fighter aircraft in its fleet.
 According to sources, no decision to fulfill the particular requirement of the IAF is expected to be taken in the next six months.
It is worth noting here that there is no difference between the Block 70 / 72 F-16 fighter aircraft and the Block 60 aircraft that are being manufactured for the UAE air force.
These are the same aircraft that had taken part in the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition to supply 126 of such aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and were rejected.
 One of the prominent reasons for the failure of F-16 during that time, as explained by a former fighter pilot, was that there was no way improvements or changes can be made to those aircraft.

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