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.
AQS-24C Mine Hunting System, 12-Feb-19 : #mines Northrop Grumman delivered first AQS-24C upgraded hunting mining systems to the US Navy to be used by MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters
$717 Million Contract for CH/MH-53E Support, 05-Nov-18 : #H53E Sikorsky awarded $717 million contract fo performance-based logistics of Marines CH-53E Super Stallion and Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon fleets
Osprey and Sea Dragon on HMS Queen Elizabeth, 11-Oct-18 : #HMSQE Part of her first flight trials (Westlant 18) underway in U.S. eastern coast, HMS Queen Elizabeth received an MV-22B Osprey and a MH-53E Sea Dragon on board
MH-53E Minesweeping Systems Overhaul, 27-Aug-18 : #SeaDragon Technical Systems Integration Inc awarded $10M contract for overhaul of catamaran hydrofoil platforms MK-105 for magnetic minesweeping used by the US Navy’ MH-53 Sea Dragon
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
Derivatives & Versions
|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 ...
The CH-53K is Sikorsky proposal for the German Heavy Lift Helicopter replacement program. First helicopter scheduled for official delivery to ...
List of Operators of Sikorsky S-80 H-53E
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|Construction Numbers on database of S-80 H-53E or its versions|