• Special forces helicopter • Combat rescue • Advanced sensors

Подпись: ▲ Many airmen end civilians owe their lives to the gallant crews of the HH-/MH-53. Although primarily tasked with military operations, tho aircraft have performed a number of highly publicised civilian rescues.S-65/HH-/MH-53О no of the biggest and most versatile combat helicopters ever developed in the West, Sikorsky’s S-65 serves with the USAF as the HH-/MH-53. In the hands of skilled pilots, the S-65 can lift heavy cargoes, carry special forces troops far behind onemy lines, or successfully rescue downed airmen, using the latest technology. From Vietnam as tho HH-53C to the Porsian Gulf as the MH – 53J, the S-65 has been a great success story.


T Vietnam insertion

HH-53Bs were tasked with a number of covert missions In Vietnam. Troops wore often dropped by rope to avoid tho risk of landing in enemy territory.

A Sensitive nose

All of the MH-53J’S primary sensors are clustered around the nose. They include the AN/AAQ-10 FUR below the in-flight refuelling probe on the starboard side.

A Evolving from the CH-53C

There was little difference between the pure transport CH-53C and the HH-53B. excopt for the latter’s refuelling probe.

T Pave Low III

Although short-lived, the six HH-53H helicopters introduced the Pave Low III sensor package.


► Having originally used the CH-53A in 1966/67, tho USAF received a handful more In 1989 as TH-53A trainers.

► Sponson bracing struts allowed the HH – 53B to carry 2460-I (650-gal.) drop-tanks.

► Two HH-53CS flew 14500 km (9010 ml.) with only seven stops.

► Some CH-53C and HH-53B helicopters remained unmodified until the late 1980s, when they became MH-53Js.

► MH-53H and MH-53J Pave Low lls were involved in the US invasion of Panama.

► MH-53 pilots receive special operations training on the TH-53A.


MH-53J Pave Low III Enhanced

Type: twin ongmod combat search and rescue and special operations helicopter

Powerplant: two 2935-kw (3.935-hp) General Electric T64-GE-7A turboshaft engines

Maiimum speed: 315 km h (198 m p h) at sea level

Initial climb rate: 631 m mm (2.070 i. p ni. i at sea tevet

Range: 368 km (540 mi.) with maximum auxiliary fuel

Weights: empty 10691 kg (23.570 to.); mission take-off 17344 kg (38.24010.): maxirmxn take­off 19051 kg (42.000 to.)

Armament: up to throo 7.62-mm Miniguns or three 12.7-mm macfvne-guna mounted m the s*de door, роп side escape hatch and on the rear loading ramp


man rotor diameter fuselage length height

main rotor disc area


Left: This MH-S3J carries a gun mount on its loading ramp. It can bo easily removed and stowed in flight.


between die helicopter and ИС-130 in-flight a-fuciling tankers, the IIII-53C served into the late l9NOs ‘Hie last machine was then convened to MH-53J Pave Low III Enhanced standard Developed via the unsuccessful HH-S3H Pave Low II. the .MH-53J is likely to serve for many more years


Above: With weapons fitted in all positions, this *Super Jolly’ shows a typical configuration for special forces operations. MH-53Js often fly alone on such missions.


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MH-53J Pave Low


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This aircraft is shown in the markings worn while based at RAF Woodbridgo. Suffolk, with the USAF"* 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing. The Wing has since withdrawn from Britain.





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‘Super Jolly’ in the Gulf

! «W precise dotaits of MH-53J operations ^4 і ttie First Gulf War have emerged, but it is known that tho hekeoptor was used for anti – S-ucl missions as well as its traditional rotes.


HIGH-RISK MISSIONS: Pavo Low III helicopters used simitar tactics when depositing special forces teams deop within Iraq. Many of Wiese sorties were aimed at Scud missite launchers


EGRESS: After leadng the AH-64 As to their target, the MH-53JS protected thorn from missile attack during ogress using infra-rod decoy flares.





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