MH-53 Pavelow Mission
Provide low-level, long-range, undetected penetration into denied areas day or night, in adverse weather for infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces.
MH-53J/M Pave Low III/IV missions are almost always conducted under cover of darkness and frequently under adverse weather conditions requiring extended flight operations as low as 50 feet using night vision goggles or Instrument Meteorological Conditions as low as 100 feet above ground level. Missions involve deep penetrations of hostile areas at extreme ranges without escort. The MH-53J/M employs a sophisticated avionics system to enhance crew situational awareness and avoid threats.
Weight : 46,000 lb. (gross weight)
Range: 600 nautical miles (NM); unlimited with helicopter air refueling
Armament: Two 7.62 mm Mini-Guns; one .50 Caliber Machine Gun
Dimensions Length: 88 ft.; Height: 25 ft.; Roto Diameter: 72 ft.
Program status : Modifications only
Airframe - Sikorsky (CT); Engine/Gear Box - Lockheed Martin (GA); Radar/Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) - Raytheon (TX); General Mods - EJM (FL); MTC (GA).
MH-53 Pave Low Helicopter Video