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S-3 Viking Retirement  
User currently offlineRefueler1974 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

I was wondering, how long does the US Navy plan to keep the S-3 Viking in service, and when they do retire it, what might they replace it with? I know the Viking has been around for quite some time and has proven itself by performing various different missions, it would be interesting to see what will replace it.


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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5385 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

Well I remember a few years back there was talk of the Common Support Aircraft, which would have been available in variants and would replace the S-3, the E-2, and the C-2. I believe the notion was scrapped, though. Haven't followed up on what the retirement plans are or what the USN is now looking at replacing it with.


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User currently offlineWoodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1031 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

i believe that they are transitioning current pilots into other airframe communities and the S-3 should be out of service by 2007 at least that's the current plan that I've heard. The F-18 in its various variants are supposed to take over the tanking role. F-18G replacing the EA-6B, etc...

From what I understand the S-3 has not done USW for a few years and is currently incapable of conducting the USW mission, being relegated to SSC and tanking.

Woodreau



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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

the new 4 person F18 "Hiking" will probably lead to even more standardization, next to the Growler.
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User currently offlineRefueler1974 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2432 times:

It will be very interesting to see how far they can develop the F-18...


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

The main role of the S-3 is and always has been ASW. At the moment there is no other aircraft that can fill that role and none are under development.
This problem plagues not just the S-3 but also its land-locked cousin the P-3 Orion, which are also getting old and need replacement soonish.



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User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

jwenting, lets hope the go for the C-40 by Boeing. Anyway, it's not how much they can upgrade the F-18, it's what's the demand fo it, One of Boeing's line production managers said on the discovery channel something like "We have to control our designers and engineers, they never want to stop upgrading our aircraft!"



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5385 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2211 times:

The main role of the S-3 is and always has been ASW

I wouldn't say "is," I'd say "was," Jwenting, as the entire Viking fleet had its ASW suite deleted in Fiscal Year 2000 and accomodations for the Sensor Station Operator removed.



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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

The, whoop, whoop of an S-3 crossing the round down or flying the pattern at NAS North Island will be missed.

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