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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.

S-3B Viking Applications

Fighting Ships CV 63 Kitty Hawk CV 67 John F. Kennedy CVN 65 Enterprise CVN 68 Nimitz

S-3B Viking 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 (451 KTAS)
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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S-3B Viking News

There are 3 news between
3 Jun 2004 and 30 Jan 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009US Navy Retires Last S-3B Viking From Fleet Service
Thursday, May 19, 2005SLAM ER Standoff Weapon Tested at Maximum Range
Thursday, June 3, 2004SLAM ER Demonstrates Retargeting Capability

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America?
The last S-3 Vikings were retired by the US Navy on January 30, 2009

Grand Total ?1
Offensive Weapons
AGM-65D Maverick
AGM-65E Maverick
AGM-84D Harpoon
Propulsion Systems
Sensor Systems
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