MH53 Sea Dragon

Sikorsky Aircraft

MH53 Sea Dragon

MH53 Sea Dragon

The Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low series is a retired long-range special operations and combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter for the United States Air Force. The series was upgraded from the HH-53B/C, variants of the Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion. The HH-53 "Super Jolly Green Giant" was initially developed to replace the HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant". The U.S. Air Force's MH-53J/M fleet was retired in September 2008.


General characteristics

Crew: 6 (two pilots, two flight engineers and two aerial gunners)
Capacity: 37 troops (55 in alternate configuration)
Length: 88 ft (27 m)
Height: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Empty weight: 32,000 lb (14,515 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 46,000 lb (20,865 kg) normal
50,000 lb (23,000 kg) fortime emergency
Powerplant: 2 × General Electric T64-GE-100 turboshaft engines, 4,330 shp (3,230 kW) each
Main rotor diameter: 72 ft 0 in (21.95 m)

Maximum speed: 170 kn (200 mph, 310 km/h)
Cruise speed: 150 kn (170 mph, 280 km/h)
Range: 600 nmi (690 mi, 1,100 km) can be extended with in-flight refueling
Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,900 m)
Guns: * Any combination of three 7.62×51mm NATO M134 Miniguns and/or 12.7×99mm NATO (.50 BMG) M2 Browning machine guns mounted on left and right sides (immediately behind flight deck) and ramp

The MH-53J's main mission was to drop off, supply, and pick up special operations forces behind enemy lines.


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