The MH-53J Pave Low III is the USAF's largest, most powerful helicopter. It was designed for long-range infiltration and the resupply of special operations forces in day, night, or adverse weather. For this purpose, it is equipped with terrain-avoidance radar, forward-looking infrared sensors, and an inertial guidance system with GPS. The MH-53M Pave Low IV is a J-model modified with the IDAS/MATT (Interactive Defense Avionics System/Multi-mission Advanced Tactical Terminal), providing nearly real-time updates of the battle around it.

Tech Specs

Builder: Sikorsky
Power Plant: two General Electric T64-GE/-100 engines
Length: 88 feet (28 meters)
Height: 25 feet (7.6 meters)
Rotary Diameter:72 feet (21.9 meters)
Speed: 165 miles per hour (at sea level)
Ceiling: 16,000 feet (4,876 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 46,000 pounds
Range: 600 nautical miles without refueling
Armament: three 7.62 mm miniguns, or three .50 caliber machine guns
Crew: two pilots, two flight engineers, and two aeriel gunners
Cost: $40 million

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