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CH-53E Super Stallion

The CH-53E Super Stallion is the US Marine Corps' primary heavy-lift asset. Its mission is to provide combat assault transport of heavy weapons, equipment, supplies and troops. The CH-53E is critical 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 continues to be in high demand.
The CH-53E incorporates Global Positioning System (GPS), Forward-Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR), Aviator Night Vision Imaging Systems Heads Up Display (ANVIS-HUD) sensors, and carries three 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).
The CH-53E is the replacement for the CH-53D to satisfy a Marine Corps requirement for a heavy-lift helicopter. Requirement exists to operate the CH-53E through 2030 and its replacement is currently in test and development, the CH-53K King Stallion.
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General Characteristics
Primary Function: Combat assault transport of heavy weapons, equipment, supplies and troops.
Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft, Lockheed Martin Company.
Propulsion: Three T64-GE-416 turboshaft (4,380 SHP each)
Length: 99 feet, 0.5 inches.
Height: 28 feet, 5 inches.
Weight: 73,500 lbs. (39,916 kg) with external load
Airspeed: 172 miles/hour (150 knots)
Ceiling: 10,000 feet (without supplemental oxygen)
Crew: Minimum (three): pilot, copilot, and crew chief. Typical Operational Crew (five): pilot, copilot, crew chief/gunner, aerial observer/gunner, tail gunner.
Last Update: 5 February 2019
Photo: CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter flies near the Iraqi/Syrian Border