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CH-53E Super Stallion

Last updated: 23 Sep 2021

The CH-53E Super Stallion is the heavy-lift helicopter used by Marines around the world. It is capable of rapidly transporting troops and equipment from ship-to-shore: launching amphibious assaults, facilitating logistics and maintenance, providing sustainment and supplies, and equipping the warfighter for mission success. The powerful Super Stallion is capable of lifting heavy military equipment, yet still compact enough to fit onboard an amphibious warfare ship where it can take off carrying 16 tons of cargo and deliver it 50 miles away before returning to base.



The Super Stallion has been a workhorse around the world for the Marine Corps for more than 30 years, performing a full range of military combat operations in Beirut, Somalia, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. There are currently 136 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 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF). The CH-53K is the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) heavy lift replacement for the CH-53E.


Marine Corps

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Combat assault transport of heavy weapons, equipment, supplies and troops

Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft, Lockheed Martin Company

Propulsion: Three T64-GE-419 turboshaft (4,750 SHP each)

Length: 99 feet, 0.5 inches

Height: 28 feet, 5 inches

Weight: to 69,750 (31,638 kg) with external load

Crew: Four – pilot, copilot, crew chief and mechanic/gunner

Point of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command
Program Executive Office (A)

47123 Buse Rd
Bldg 2272 Suite 151.4
Patuxent River, MD 20670-1547

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