Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Dragon

MH-53E Sea Dragon - Persian Gulf (Jan. 10, 2005) - An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15), lands on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is undergoing preparations to support Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer
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Information on the MH-53E Sea Dragon

The MH-53E is used primarily for Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM), with secondary missions of vertical shipboard delivery and assault support.

The MH-53E was derived from the CH-53E Super Stallion and is heavier and has a greater fuel capacity than its ancestor. The MH-53 can operate from carriers and other warships and is capable of towing a variety of mine hunting/sweeping countermeasures systems, including the Mk 105 magnetic minesweeping sled, the AQS-14A side-scan sonar, and the Mk 103 mechanical minesweeping system. When performing the assault support mission, the MH-53E can be fitted with the GAU-21 .50-cal. machine gun ramp-mounted weapon system.


MH-53E Sea Dragon Specifications

General Characteristics
Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Technologies Corp.
Date Deployed: First flight: Dec 23, 1981; Operational: June 1986.
Propulsion: Three General Electric T64-GE-419 turboshaft engines (4,750 shaft horsepower each).
Length: Fuselage: 73 feet, 4 inches (22 meters); Overall: 99 feet 0.5 inches (30.2 meters).
Height: 28 feet 4 inches (8.6 meters).
Rotor Diameter: 79 feet (24.1 meters).
Weight: Max. Gross weight, w/ external load: 69,750 lbs (31,693 kg)
Max. Gross weight, w/internal load: 69,750 lb (31,693 kg)
Empty weight: 36,745 lb (16,667 kg)
Airspeed: Max: 150 knots (278 km/hour).
Ceiling: 10,000 feet.
Range: Max: 1050 nautical miles.
Crew: Two pilots, one aircrewman.
Load: 55 troops or 32,000 pounds (14,512 kg) cargo.

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