Sikorsky S-80 H-53E

Derived from S-65 H-53


Sikorsky S-80 H-53E

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.

Model News

CPI Aero Tow Hook Assemblies for MH-53E, 25-May-17 : CPI Aero contracted by Sikorsky to provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for tow hook assemblies used by MH-53E Sea Dragon, the US Navy’s primary airborne mine countermeasures aircraft

Super Stallions Get Service at FRCSW, 24-May-17 : Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) at NAS North Island, CA maintained and repaired CH-53E Super Stallion still in service with the US Navy and Marines

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

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Engine: 3 x
Capacity: 5 + 55
Length: (m) 30.2
Height: (m) 8.46
Blades: 6
Rotor diam.: (m) 24
Disc area: (m2) 460
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 15000     Max: 33300
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 278     Max: 315
Range: (km) 1000
Ceiling: (m) 5600
Rate/Climb: (m/min) 760

Derivatives & Versions

YCH-53E 1974
CH-53E Super Stallion 1980
MH-53E Sea Dragon 1982 Originally requested by the US Navy as their main Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) helicopter but also used in the most common heavy-lift tr ...
S-80M-1 1989 The S-80M-1 export variant of the MH-53E is the only variant of the S-80 series that found a foreign buyer, with 11 obtained by the Japanese Mari ...
CH-53K King Stallion 2015 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 ...

List of Operators of Sikorsky S-80 H-53E

From Organisation with model S-80 H-53E
usa US Marine Corps
    180 1979/   
usa US Navy
    CH-53E Super Stallion 1983/95
usa US Navy
    MH-53E Sea Dragon 1986/   
japan Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
    S-80M-1 11 1989/   
Construction Numbers on database of S-80 H-53E or its versions


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