CH-53E Super Stallion
(MH-53 Pave Low shown)
Speed: 173 mph
Range: 257 miles
Weight: 36,400lbs maximum
Troop lift: 35
Lift: 16 tons
*A large transport helicopter, the Stallion is used for a wide variety of missions from transport to special operations. Later versions are capable of air-to-air refueling and may be used for long-range commando raids or rescue missions. A Navy version is capable of minesweeping operations. Army versions are also used for transport of heavy equipment such as artillery and recovery of downed aircraft.
Iraq's heavy air transport helicopter is the MI-6 which is capable of carrying 70 troops. First flown in the late 1950's, the Hook also is capable of carrying artillery and vehicles. However, Iraq has a very limited number of this aircraft.
Actions in Desert Storm--
One of the main missions of the Stallion was mine clearing operations in the Persian Gulf. Using towed sleds, the helicopters were called upon to clear paths for a possible amphibious operation, should they be required. Modified MH-53's Pave Lows were used in special operations missions, including the "liberation" of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City. With the dealys in production of the V-22 by the military and the combat performance of this helicopter in the KTO, it is predicted that the CH-53 will continue to be the main workhorse of the armed services helicopter fleet.
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