S-3B Viking Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1984 Total Production: ? Unitary Cost: USD$27 million Also Known As:S-3A Viking Origin:United States of America Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System:S-3 Viking Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1975 Total Production: 187 Family Members:ES-3A Shadow
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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.
S-3A Viking twin-engine aircraft achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on the US Navy's carriers in 1975. Up to 187 such aircraft were built. S-3B improved variant achieved IOC in 1984. Since then almost all the S-3As were converted into S-3Bs.In 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom an S-3B became the first S-3 to attack an inland target using a laser-guided Maverick. The US Navy withdrew the last S-3 Viking from fleet service after 35-year naval career on January 30, 2009.
Number of Engines: 2 Dimensions Height: 6.90 meter (22.6 foot)
Length: 16 meter (52 foot)
Wingspan: 20.6 meter (68 foot) Performance Ceiling: 12,200 meter (40,026 foot)
Max Range: 4,300 kilometer (2,322 nautical mile) Speed Top Speed at High Altitude: 232 mps (451 KTAS) Weight 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)
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