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ES-3A Shadow  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
Total Production: 16
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: S-3 Viking
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1975
Total Production: 187
Family Members: S-3B Viking
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Description: Lockheed Martin S-3 Viking was developed as a replacement for US Navy's S-2 Tracker carrier-based anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. It was intended to provide greater capacity for tracking Soviet cruise missile submarines. S-3 jet aircraft also provides anti-surface warfare (ASuW)/anti-ship capability. The US Navy also employs this aircraft on surveillance, electronic countermeasures, command/control/communications warfare, and search and rescue (SAR) missions. Afterwards the Soviet Union collapse the S-3Bs were oriented for surveillance and precision strike missions.

Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Infrared (IR) sensors are key elements of the S-3 weapon system as well as its electronic support measures (ESM). S-3 Vikings can release AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile and IR/laser-guided AGM-65 Maverick as well as torpedoes, rockets and bombs. The US Navy has added to S-3B Viking the capability to take control over the SLAM-ER precision attack missile. All S-3 models are powered by two TF34-GE-400 turbofan engines each rated at 9,275-lb of thrust.

ES-3A Shadow is a carrier-based Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) aircraft derived from the S-3A Viking. Up to 16 S-3As were converted into ES-3As in the early 1990s. It was introduced in 1991 as a replacement for EA-3B Skywarrior within the US Navy. To accomplish its mission ES-3A aircraft relies on Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment in a dorsal fairing. Like the S-3B Viking the US Navy plans to decommission the last ES-3A aircraft in 2009.

ES-3A Shadow Applications

Fighting Ships CVN 68 Nimitz

ES-3A Shadow Specifications

Crew: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 6.90 meter (22.6 foot)
Length: 16 meter (52 foot)
Wingspan: 20.6 meter (68 foot)
Ceiling: 12,200 meter (40,026 foot)
Max Range: 4,300 kilometer (2,322 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 232 mps (835 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 18,550 pound (8,414 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,600 kilogram (52,028 pound)
Payload: 1,780 kilogram (3,924 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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ES-3A Shadow News

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on 30 Jan 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009US Navy Retires Last S-3B Viking From Fleet Service

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