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  • 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.
    The CH-53E first entered service with the USMC in 1981.

    In 2019 the fleet reached a major milestone by logging more than one million flight hours.

    As of June 2020, US Navy and Marines have 142 CH-53E Super Stallions in service and are scheduled to being replaced by the CH-53K from 2023

    S-80 H-53E News

    Marines Deactivates HMH-463, 22-Apr-22 : #Pegasus The U.S. Marine Corps deactivated Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 “Pegasus” (HMH-463) at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii sending its 12 CH-53E Super Stallion to other units

    Critical Parts for CH/MH-53E Helicopters, 08-Nov-21 : #CriticalParts Partnership between US Navy Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) in Cherry Point, NC and Sikorsky is helping meet needs for critical parts for CH-53E Super Stallion and MH-53E Sea Dragon heavy-lift helicopters

    Aerial Firefighting Training by HM-12, 26-Sep-21 : #firefighting US Navy Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron HM-12 MH-53E Sea Dragon conducted aerial firefighting training with Bambi Bucket at Norfolk, VA

    Reducing H-53 Overhaul Time, 06-Apr-21 : #H53 US Navy/Marines Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) improving maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) times for the H-53 heavy lift helicopter

    RESET for Marines CH-53E Super Stallion, 14-Jun-20 : #RESET Four US Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion completed extensive maintenance process, known as RESET, which replaces high-time components and delivers Full Mission Capable (FMC) helicopter with zero awaiting-maintenance discrepancies back to service

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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 ...
    The CH-53K is Sikorsky proposal for the German Heavy Lift Helicopter replacement program. First helicopter delivered to MCAS New River on Ma ...

    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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