Spirit AeroSystems held a celebration today to mark completion of the first of the largely composite nose and fuselage of the Sikorsky CH-53K helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Representatives of the military and Sikorsky were on hand for the event.
It marks a significant new piece of business for Spirit because it is its first helicopter and its first all-new military product.
Spirit has a contract for seven CH-53Ks, but that number will probably go as high as 200 for the Marines. Additional demand is likely from other service branches and other countries.
The helicopter is designed to transport personnel and material and can travel into combat situations.