CH-53E Stallion


d5416d1b1fa5b3ffc454c0298dfaaba7.jpgThe Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the U.S. military. It was developed from the CH-53 Sea Stallion, mainly by adding a third engine. Sailors commonly refer to the Super Stallion as the “Hurricane Maker” because of the downwash the helicopter generates. It was built by Sikorsky Aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. The less common MH-53E Sea Dragon fills the U.S. Navy’s need for long-range mine sweeping or airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) missions, and performs heavy-lift duties for the Navy. The CH-53E/MH-53E are designated “S-80″ by Sikorsky.

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Currently under development is the CH-53K, which will be equipped with new engines, new composite rotor blades, and a wider cabin.

General Characteristics of the CH-53E Super Stallion

  • Crew: 5: 2 pilots, 1 crew chief/right gunner, 1 left gunner, 1 tail gunner (combat crew)
  • Capacity: 37 troops (55 with centerline seats installed)
  • Payload: internal: 30,000 lb or 13,600 kg (external: 32,000 lb or 14,500 kg)
  • Length: 99 ft 1/2 in (30.2 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 79 ft (24 m)
  • Height: 27 ft 9 in (8.46 m)
  • Disc area: 4,900 ft² (460 m²)
  • Empty weight: 33,226 lb (15,071 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 73,500 lb (33,300 kg)
  • Power plant: 3× General Electric T64-GE-416/416A turbo shaft, 4,380 shp (3,270 kW) each
  • Rotor systems: 7 blades on main rotor, 4 blades on anti-torque tail rotor

CH-53E Super Stallion Performance

  • Maximum speed: 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 150 kt (173 mph, 278 km/h)
  • Range: 540 nmi (621 mi, 1,000 km)
  • Ferry range: 990 nmi (1,139 mi, 1,833 km)
  • Service ceiling: 18,500 ft (5,640 m)
  • Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (13 m/s)

CH-53E Super Stallion Armament

  • Guns:
    • 2× .50 BMG (12.7 x 99 mm) window-mounted XM218 machine guns
    • 1× .50 BMG (12.7 x 99 mm) ramp-mounted weapons system, GAU-21 (M3M-mounted machine gun)
  • Other: Chaff and flare dispensers