• Heavy-lifter • Minesweeper • Three-engined variant of CH-53

Worldwide* attention was focused on the US Marine CH-53E when helicopters from the assault ship Koarsarge landed a TRAP (Tactical Recovery of Aircrew Personnel) team to rescue an American pilot in Bosnia in 1995. Second-generation Sikorsky S-80s differ from the earlier S-65s in having three engines, expanded capacity and improved performance. They undertake heavy-lifting, roscue and minesweoping duties.

▼ US Navy CH-53ES

Подпись:S-80/CH-/MH-53EThe Navy’s interest m tho Sea Stallion was as a supply helicopter tor use between shore bases and naval vossels. Three Navy squadrons operate the CH-S3E.



◄ Minehunter

A cable with a tension of up to 13 tonnes is used to tow a hydrofoil sled, which skims through tho water socking out mines.

This device hs too largo to bo stowed aboard tho helicopter.

▼ Refuelling in the air

An important teaturo of many H-53ES is their ability to refuel in tho air. greatly enhancing their flexibility. The US Marine Corps use КС-130 Hercules aircraft tor the air-to-air tanker role.


>■ Overall production of tho US Marino Сотру and Navy Supor Stallions Is projoctod to reach 177 aircraft, MH-53Es about 50.

► The first S-80/CH-53E was a tost aircraft and mndo Its first flight on 1 March 1074.

> Tho H-53 family contains tho most poworlul helicopters used by US forces.


► The first MH-53E mlncsweopor. which flow In 1983, was not fitted with large sponsons; deliveries began In 1986.

► The first prototypo of this senes was tragically lost in и ground mishap.

► A CH-53E can lift 18 tonnes – 6 tonnos more thnn tho twin-rotor CH-47 Chinook.


CH-53E Super Stallion

Type: ihree-engined heavy-Uft assaed and мигах» Nricoptor

Poworplant: throw 2756-kW (3.695-np. i (соппглюиз ratxigl General Electric T64-GE-416 ■ngoo*

Manimum speed: 315 knvh (190 m ph.) clean

Ferry range: 2075 km (1.289 mi.)

Service ceiling: 5640 m 118.504 ft)

Weights: empty 15072 kg (33.228 «>.): maximum take-off 31 WO kg (69.754 id.) with internal load or 33340 kg <73.502 lb) with external «oad

Accommodation: two night crew and up to 55 troops or 13607 kg (30.000 lb) of cargo •Метану

Dimensions: man rotor diameter 24 08 m (79 ft) length 30.19 m (99 ft.)

height 8.97 m (29 ft. 5 Inj

rotor disc area 455.38 nv (4.901 sq. h )


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USMC helicopters past and present




SWI in use after 30 years, the CH-46 remains the mainstay of USMC transport aviation.


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