Improved, 3 engined version of the S-65 (H-53) Sea Stallion. Primarily a heavy lift workhorse, the General Electric T64-GE-416 turboshaft engines and revised 7 bladed main rotor have given it almost twice the lift capability of the 1960s H-53 Sea Stallions and Super Jollys it was intended to replace. In 2004, it was still the western world's largest production helicopter. First flew as the YCH-53E on 1 March 1974 at Sikorsky's Stratford plant. The MH-53E Sea Dragon is a mine countermeasures version of the basic airframe.
HMH-462 Super Stallions in Mountain Exercise, 04-Feb-17 : U.S. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron HMH-462 “Heavy Haulers” conducted cold weather training at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) in Bridgeport, California
HM-15 Conducts Annual Training, 18-Oct-16 : US Navy Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15) conducted annual airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) training at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Florida
Marines to Repair 147 CH-53E in 3 Years, 10-Aug-16 : The Super Stallion Independent Readiness Review (SSIRR) led to a 110-day strip-rebuild process for each of the 147 CH-53E at New River, Miramar and Kaneohe Bay over the next 3 years
Mine Warfare Exercise at RIMPAC, 03-Aug-16 : Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Chile conducted mine countermeasures training as part of the Southern California portion of exercise Rim of the Pacific RIMPAC 2016 with HM-14’s MH-53E
Exercise Chura-Shima Rescue 2016, 21-Jul-16 : US Marines HMH-361 CH-53E Super Stallions participated with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Okinawa emergency services in Exercise Chura-Shima Rescue 2016
Formelly known as CH-53X, the CH-53K is a general redesign of the CH-53E with new engines, new cockpit layout and a wider cargo hold to allow it ... The CH-53K programme suffered a number of difficulties, including the need to re-design the gearbox, which delayed the first flight of the YCH-53 ...