Sikorsky showed off two new concepts at Farnborough. First, the last visible traces of the old CH-53 design have vanished from the latest iteration of the CH-53K:
The CH-53K, of course, is a simple derivative of the CH-53E with new engines, a new rotor, a new transmission, a completely new flight control system and a new cockpit. Since it is just a derivative, the Marines could procure it without a competition, as they did with the UH-1Y and AH-1Z. I'm sure this will turn out just as well.
Also on show: A new X2-based concept for special operations forces.
Designed as a sort of Ultimate Little Bird, it's a 250-knot long-range helicopter designed for light transport and attack.
pics by Bill Sweetman