Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Primary manufacturer: Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Parent type: Sikorsky S-80/H-53E

Aircraft status: Operational


Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: TBA

Crew seating: Side-by-side

Landing gear: Wheels (all retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 8.55 m 28.0 ft
Overall Length: 30.19 m 99.0 ft
Overall Width: 24.08 m 79.0 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 22.35 m 73.3 ft
Airframe Width: 7.29 m 23.9 ft
Airframe Height: 5.66 m 18.6 ft
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base: 8.31 m 27.3 ft
Landing Gear Track: 3.96 m 13.0 ft
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height: 1.98 m 6.5 ft
Cabin Internal Length: 9.14 m 30.0 ft
Cabin Internal Width: 2.29 m 7.5 ft

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 31,638 kg 69,750 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne): 33,339 kg 73,500 lb
Max Take-off Weight: 31,638 kg 69,750 lb
Empty Weight: 15,071 kg 33,226 lb
Useful Load: 16,567 kg 36,524 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.476
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 13 m/s 2,559 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE: 3,517 m 11,540 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE: 2,896 m 9,500 ft
Max Level Flight Speed: 315 km/h 170 kts
Never Exceed Speed: 315 km/h 170 kts
Service Ceiling: 5,640 m 18,504 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range: 2,074 km 1,120 nm
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 3
Designation: GE T64-GE-416 turbine
Manufacturer: GE Aviation
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated:  
Maximum: 3267 kW 4380 hp
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

The CH-53E uses the CH-53D Improved Rotor Blades However, 3-foot blade extenders are fitted on the CH-53E main rotor head.

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 24.08 m 79.00 ft
RPM: 179.0 rpm 179.0 rpm
Direction of Rotation: Counterclockwise
Hub Type:  
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction: Titanium spar with Nomex honeycomb pockets wrapped in fiberglass epoxy
Blade Chord: 0.743 m 2.44 ft
Blade Tip Geometry: Conventional
Blade Twist: -0.279 rad -16.000 deg
Number of Blades: 7
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 455.38 m² 4901.8 ft²
Disc Loading: 69.48 kg/m² 14.230 lb/ft²
Solidity: 0.1375
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade: 8.94 m² 96.3 ft²
Tip Speed: 225.68 m/s 740.4 fps

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

The increase of main rotor diameter and the addition of a third engine aft of the main gearbox had a problematic impact on the aircraft's center of gravity. To offset this, the tail rotor diameter was increased. The vertical stabilizer was also canted 20° to the left, allowing the tail rotor to generate an extra 2,000 lbs of lift.

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 6.10 m 20.00 ft
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades: 4
Blade Construction:  
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 29.19 m² 314.2 ft²
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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