Refueler1974 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 235 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3038 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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Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5450 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2999 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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Woodreau From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1085 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2917 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.
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2464 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.
Greaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2460 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!"