The MH-53E Sea Dragon is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military, it fills the United States Navy’s need for long range minesweeping or Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) missions, and perform heavy-lift duties. The helicopter has a cruise speed of 173 mph (278 km/h) and a range of 621 miles (1,000 km). This awesome video shows the massive helicopter performing a quick stop, or in other words, hitting the brakes and executing a maximum deceleration maneuver. Continue reading for two more videos of the MH-53E.
The MH-53E features enlarged side mounted fuel sponsons and is rigged for towing its mine sweeping “sled” from high above the dangerous naval mines. The Sea Dragon is equipped with mine countermeasures systems, including twin machine guns. Its digital flight-control system includes features specifically designed to help towing mine sweeping gear.