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.
Air Assault Company of a Marine Expeditionary Unit, 30-Jul-19 : #AirAssault A review of the Air Assault Company part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) deployed aboard the USS Wasp (LHD 1) for exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 in the Coral Sea off the Australian coast
Marines’ CH-53E Reaches One Million Flight Hours, 10-Jul-19 : #SuperStallion The CH-53E Super Stallion fleet operated by the US Marine Corps logged more than one million flight hours since entered service in 1981. 142 of them remain in service and are all scheduled to be replace by the new CH-53K by 2032
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
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|