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MH-53J Pave Low III
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: MH-53M Pave Low IV
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 US Air Force (USAF) MH-53J Pave Low III is a low-level, long-range aircraft intended for penetration, exfiltration, infiltration and resupply of special operations forces into denied areas in all-weather, day/night conditions while undetected. To achieve this highly demanding goal the Pave Low III helicopters have been equipped with state of the art sensors and avionics. Armor plates were provided for additional protection against ballistic threats. It derived from the CH-53D helicopter and was obtained upgrading existing USAF HH-53 and MH-53 helicopters starting in 1986. The MH-53M Pave Low IV is a follow-on aircraft modified with the Interactive Defensive Avionics System/Multi-Mission Advanced Tactical Terminal or IDAS/MATT. The system provided by Lockheed-Martin enhances the defensive capabilities of Pave Low aircraft through allowing real time access to the total battlefield situation. As of October 2005, the USAF was operating 13 MH-53Js and 25 MH-53Ms.
MH-53J Pave Low III Specifications
Main Rotor Blades: 6
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 7.60 meter (24.9 foot)
Length: 28 meter (92 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 21.9 meter
Ceiling: 4,876 meter (15,997 foot)
Max Range: 1,110 kilometer (599 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 8,660 shp (6,460 kW)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 77 mps (150 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 5.10 hour (0.21 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,644 kilogram (52,125 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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