The CH-53E Super Stallion is the biggest helicopter in the military of the United States. It was built by Sikorsky Aircraft and it is intended for shipping of equipments, goods and personnel in some operations. It is capable in all kinds of weather conditions both day and night. The sailors usually called the CH-53E the “Hurricane Maker” because of the downward force that the helicopter produces.
The helicopter can take 37 passengers in its normal design and when it is installed with a centerline seats it can take 55 passengers. The CH-53E is a twin-engined helicopter and can lift 14.5 metric tons of weight. Modifications were made in the helicopter like its defensive electronic countermeasures and its extended fuel tanks. The Navy and Marines was served by the Super Stallion in the role of heavy lift transportation function.
A total of 100 CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are in with the Marines for service. For the US Navy, there are 15 MH-53E helicopters. Some MH-53E helicopters were exported to Japan to be part of the Japan Marines.
The usual crew of the Super Stallion is 5. It accommodates two pilots, one right gunner, one left gunner and one tail gunner. Its weight when empty is 33,226 pounds and its maximum weight is 73,500 pounds. It can reach a maximum speed of 196 miles per hour. It is equipped with XM-218 machine guns and GAU-21 with M3M mounted machine gun. Other equipments are chaff and flare dispensers.