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<!--BEGIN SPECIFICATIONS--> CH-53 Sea Stallion Specifications Primary Function: Multirole heavy lifter/minesweeper Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Crew: Two pilots; one to six aircrewman, depending on mission. Unit Cost: N/A Powerplant Three General Electric T64-GE-416 turboshaft engines (4,380 HP (3,266 kW) each) Dimensions Length: 99 ft (30.19 m) Rotor Diameter: 79 ft (24.08 m) Height: 28,4 ft (8.66 m) Weights Empty: 33,226 lb (15,071 kg) Maximum Takeoff: 69,750 lb (31,640 kg) -- internal cargo Performance Speed: 195 mph (315 km/h) Ceiling: 18,500 ft (5,640 m) Range: 1,290 miles (2,076 km) Armament None; possible window mount provisions 7.62 mm and .50 CAL weapons or AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles <!--END SPECIFICATIONS--> <!--BEGIN ACHIEVEMENTS--> CH-53 Sea Stallion Achievements The CH-53A quickly proved its worth during the Vietnam War for transport. <!--END ACHIEVEMENTS--> <!--BEGIN FEATURES--> <!-- CH-53 Sea Stallion Features --> <!--END FEATURES--> <!--BEGIN BACKGROUND--> CH-53 Sea Stallion Background The CH-53D was ordered in the early 1960s to satisfy a Marine Corps requirement for a heavy lift helicopter. It has since been replaced in the heavy lift mission by the CH-53E Super Stallion. All Marine Corps CH-53D helicopters are currently assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The CH-53D, along with the CH-46E, is slated for replacement by the MV-22 Osprey. Source: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil <!--END BACKGROUND-->
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