(AOF) – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, delivered two CH-53K helicopters to the U.S. Marine Corps in the last quarter of 2022. These CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters join the seven already in service at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The CH-53K’s heavy-lift capabilities exceed those of all other United States Department of Defense rotary-wing platforms and it is the only heavy-lift helicopter that will remain in production through 2032 and beyond. -of the.
Separately, Sikorsky is on track to deliver more multi-mission King Stallion helicopters to the U.S. Marine Corps in 2023.
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The end of a duopoly?
For several decades, the American Boeing and the European Airbus have shared 99% of the world market for airliners with more than 110 seats. This market weighs more than 100 billion dollars per year. However, this duopoly seems to be weakened in 2022 for several reasons. First, for the first time, two medium-haul single-aisle aircraft, the Chinese Comac’s C919 and the Russian Irkut’s MC-21, are about to enter service. Added to this is the Boeing 737 MAX crisis. With the cessation of deliveries of this aircraft between 2019 and 2021, the production balance has been broken. In 2021 Boeing posted 340 deliveries, with Airbus remaining well ahead with 611.