MH-53E Sea Dragon
The MH-53E is used primarily for Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM),
with a secondary mission of shipboard delivery.
Background: 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-53s can operate from carriers and other warships. Sea
Dragon is capable of carrying up to 55 troops or a 16-ton payload 50
nautical miles or a 10-ton payload 500 nautical miles. The MH-53E is
capable of towing a variety of mine-sweeping countermeasures systems,
including the Mk 105 minesweeping sled, the AQS-14 side-scan sonar, and
the Mk 103 mechanical minesweeping system.
General CharacteristicsContractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Technologies Corp.
Propulsion: Three General Electric T64-GE-416 turboshaft engines (4,380 shaft horsepower each)
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