U.S. Navy looks to boost sales of United Tech's CH-53K helicopter by 50%

|By:, SA News Editor

The U.S. Navy is in talks with other governments to boost by 50% the planned purchase of CH-53K helicopters built by United Technologies' (UTX +1.5%) Sikorsky unit.

Negotiations to sell as many as 100 of the new heavy lift helicopters are well under way, according to the Navy's international program manager for heavy lift helicopters.

The CH-53K has far more powerful engines than the current model can deliver; the engines, supplied by GE, allow the helicopter to carry 27K lbs. of cargo over a range of 110 nautical miles.