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CH-53E Super Stallion
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: MH-53E Sea Dragon, S-80 and S-80M-1
Origin: United States of America
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Description: The Sikorsky H-53 program was born to meet the requirements of the US Marine Corps (USMC) for a heavy-lift transport helicopter suitable for shipboard operations. Its primary mission is to transport supplies, troops and equipment in support of amphibious and shore operations. The program was launched in the early 1960s with the CH-53A Sea Stallion achieving initial operational capability (IOC) in November 1966. The CH-53D Sea Stallion is an improved variant of CH-53A. The CH-53A/D models are powered by two General Electric T64 turboshaft engines and feature a six-bladed main rotor. The CH-53D is powered by two T64-GE-413 engines rated at 3,935-shp each. In addition to A and D models for the USMC, Sikorsky also developed the HH-53B/C/H variant for the US Air Force and the RH-53D Airborne MineCountermeasures (AMCM) for the US Navy. The US Air Force H-53 aircraft led to the development of the MH-53J Pave Low III.
The CH-53E Super Stallion, also referred to by Sikorsky as the S-80, is an enlarged variant of CH-53D model. The CH-53E is powered by three T64-GE-416 turboshaft engines and has a main rotor with seven blade instead of only six in previous models. These changes are meant to greatly improve the CH-53E lifting capabilities. Between 1980 and 1999 Sikorsky delivered approximately 150 CH-53E helicopters to the US Marine Corps. The US Navy also ordered the CH-53E for ship resupply. The US Navy and the USMC received more than 220 CH-53E and MH-53E helicopters from Sikorsky between 1980 and 1999.
The MH-47E Sea Dragon is a variant of CH-53E Super Stallion. It is powered by three General Electric T64-GE-419 engines and is capable of towing a variety of mine-sweeping countermeasures systems. MH-47E primary role is Airborne MineCounterMeasures (AMCM) and its secondary roles are vertical shipboard delivery and assault support. Sea Dragon was developed as a replacement for aging US Navy's RH-53D AMCM helicopters. It results heavier and has greater fuel capacity than its ancestor. The first Sea Dragon achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 1983 in the US Navy. The MH-47E was exported to Japan procuring 11 aircraft under the S-80M-1 designation.
CH-53E Super Stallion Applications
CH-53E Super Stallion Specifications
Main Rotor Blades: 7
Number of Engines: 3
Height: 5.30 meter (17.4 foot)
Length: 30.2 meter (99 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 24 meter
Width: 2.70 meter
Ceiling: 5,640 meter (18,504 foot)
Max Range: 900 kilometer (486 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 13,140 shp (9,802 kW)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 77 mps (150 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 5.10 hour (0.21 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 69,750 pound (31.6 ton)
Max Takeoff Weight with External Load: 73,500 pound
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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CH-53E Super Stallion News
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24 Jan 2003 and 21 Oct 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016US Marine Corps CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational TestingWednesday, April 27, 2016US Marine Corps Air Power Becoming an Empty ShellTuesday, October 22, 2013US Navy CH-53E Helicopters to Receive Critical Systems ArmorWednesday, September 7, 2011Department of the Navy Orders LAIRCM Advanced Threat Warning SensorsMonday, August 15, 2011US Navy Exercise Proves Critical Fleet Mine Countermeasure CapabilitiesThursday, April 28, 2011Northrop Grumman Delivers 1000th Guardian Laser Transmitter AssemblyWednesday, August 25, 2010CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter Program Conducts Successful Auxiliary Power UnitTuesday, August 10, 2010US Navy to Integrate Guardian Countermeasures on CH-53D, CH-53E, and CH-46E HelicoptersThursday, July 8, 2010US Navy Heavy Lift Helicopter Fleets to Get LAIRCM CountermeasuresWednesday, September 2, 2009US Navy Fleet Receives AQS-20A and ASQ-235 Mine Countermeasure Capabilities
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