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Marines? CH-53E Helos Seeing Sharp Uptick in Readiness, Amid Replacement?s Testing Delays

THE PENTAGON ? Amid ongoing testing challenges and delays in the Marine?s CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter program, the legacy CH-53E fleet is seeing its highest reliability in decades and is focused on modernization efforts to keep it ready through 2031 or beyond. Just a few years ago, the legacy helo?s ability to make it through the planned transition was in doubt. The CH-53E Super Stallions entered service in 1981 and have been used heavily during operations in the Middle East since 2001.

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