Refueler1974
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S-3 Viking Retirement

Mon May 03, 2004 6:41 am

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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RE: S-3 Viking Retirement

Mon May 03, 2004 7:11 am

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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RE: S-3 Viking Retirement

Mon May 03, 2004 11:25 am

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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RE: S-3 Viking Retirement

Tue May 04, 2004 4:58 am

the new 4 person F18 "Hiking" will probably lead to even more standardization, next to the Growler.
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Refueler1974
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RE: S-3 Viking Retirement

Tue May 04, 2004 6:23 am

It will be very interesting to see how far they can develop the F-18...
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RE: S-3 Viking Retirement

Tue May 04, 2004 1:44 pm

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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RE: S-3 Viking Retirement

Tue May 04, 2004 2:29 pm

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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RE: S-3 Viking Retirement

Tue May 04, 2004 9:06 pm

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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RE: S-3 Viking Retirement

Tue May 04, 2004 11:34 pm

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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