posted by Jiri Wagner
Sikorsky H-53 Series helicopters combine power and versatility like nothing else in the sky. They're at home in searing desert heat. Arctic cold. And everything in between. Flying a gamut of missions. Including heavy-lift operations. Military transport. Search and rescue. Vertical replenishment. Vertical onboard delivery. Airborne mine countermeasures. Advanced early warning. Minesweeping. Humanitarian aid. Disaster relief.
The CH-53E Super Stallion and MH-53E Sea Dragon can carry 16 tons of supplies, cargo, vehicles, artillery, and troops for 50 nautical miles. They operate at cruise speeds of 170 knots. And, with air-to-air refueling, H-53E Series helicopters have unlimited range.
And they'll only get stronger. Sikorsky is currently developing an installation kit to put the 4,750 shp T64-GE-419 turboshaft in the MH-53E. And cockpit upgrades are under way for both the Marine CH-53E heavy lifter and Navy MH-53E minesweeper.
The MH-53E is used primarily for Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM), with a secondary
mission of shipboard delivery.
The MH-53E was derived from the CH-53E Super Stallion and is heavier and has a greater fuel capacity than its ancestor. The MH-53s can operate from carriers and other warships. Sea Dragon is capable of carrying up to 55 troops or a 16-ton payload 50 nautical miles or a 10-ton payload 500 nautical miles. The MH-53E is capable of towing a variety of mine-sweeping countermeasures systems, including the Mk 105 minesweeping sleed, the ASQ-14 side-scan sonar, and the Mk 103 mechanical minesweeping system.
|Primary function||Multirole heavy lifter/minesweeper|
|Contractor||Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.|
|Power plant||Three General Electric T64-GE-416 turboshaft engines|
|Thrust||3x 4,380 HP||3x 3,266 kW|
|Length with rotors spread||99 ft||30.19 m|
|Height||28,4 ft||8.66 m|
|Rotor diameter||79 ft||24.08 m|
|Speed||max.||195 mph||315 km/h|
|cruising||173 mph||278 km/h|
|Ceiling||18,500 ft||5,640 m|
|Initial climb rate||41.66 ft/s||12.7 m/s|
|Weight empty||33,226 lb||15,071 kg|
|Max. takeoff weight||with internal cargo||69,750 lb||31,640 kg|
|with external cargo||73,500 lb||33,340 kg|
|Range||1,290 miles||2,076 km|
|Armamentj||None; possible window mount provisions 7.62 mm and .50 CAL weapons or AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles|
|Crew||Two pilots; one to six aircrewman, depending on mission.|