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 151 CH-53E aircraft in operation.  The Super Stallion incorporates Global Positioning System (GPS), Forward-Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR), Aviator Night Vision Imaging Systems Heads Up Display (ANVIS-HUD) sensors, and carries three (3) 50 caliber guns (as a mission kit).  Communications include Ultra High Frequency (UHF)/Very High Frequency (VHF)/High Frequency (HF) radios, secure communications capability, and Identified Friend or Foe (IFF).  Currently out of production. Requirement exists to operate the CH-53E through 2027.


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-GE-416 turboshaft (4,380 SHP each)
Crew: 4 – pilot, copilot, crew chief, and mechanic/gunner
Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft

Program Status

Production Phase: Sustainment
Inventory: 142

Updated May 2018