CH-53E Super Stallion
The CH-53E Super Stallion’s mission is the transportation of heavy equipment and supplies for amphibious assault.
The CH-53E Super Stallion has proven to be extraordinarily relevant to the execution of our national security strategy, Navy and Marine Corps warfighting concepts and the associated need for capable heavy lift. From the Scott O’Grady rescue mission in the Balkans to delivering critically needed combat support in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa, the CH-53E has been in incredibly high demand. There are currently 152 CH-53E aircraft in operation. The Super Stallion incorporates GPS, doppler radar, FLIR, and ANVIS-HUD sensors, and carries 7.62mm and 50 caliber guns (as a mission kit). Communications include UHF/VHF/HF radios, secure comm. capability, and IFF. Currently out of production. Requirement exists to operate the CH-53E through 2025, necessitating a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).
Fuselage Length: 73 feet, 4 inches
Overall Length: 99 feet
Height: 2 8 feet, 4 inches
Max Gross Weight: 73,500 pounds (with external load)
Speed: 172 miles/hour (150 knots)
Ceiling: 10,000 feet (without supplemental oxygen)
Range: 621 statute miles (540 nautical miles)
Power Plant: 3 General Electric T64-GD-416 turboshaft (4,380 SHP each)
Crew: 4 – pilot, copilot, crew chief, and mechanic/gunner
Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft
Production Phase: Sustainment