Lockheed S-3B Viking

Lockheed S-3 Viking

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Rooli Carrier-based anti-submarine aircraft
Ensimmäinen lento 21 January 1972
Rakennettu 188

Nniiden Lockheed S-3 Viking is a four-seat, twin-engine turbofan-powered jet aircraft that was used by the U.S. Navy to identify and track enemy submarines. In the late 1990s, the S-3B’s mission focus shifted to surface warfare and aerial refueling. The Viking also provided electronic warfare and surface surveillance capabilities to the carrier battle group. A carrier-based, subsonic, all-weather, multi-mission aircraft with long range; it carried automated weapon systems, and was capable of extended missions with in-flight refueling. Because of the Viking’s engines’ low-pitched sound, it was nicknamed the “Hoover” after the vacuum cleaner brand.

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The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a four-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft that was used by the U.S. Navy primarily for anti-submarine warfare. It was also capable of performing other missions such as aerial refueling, electronic warfare, and surface surveillance. The S-3 Viking entered service in 1974 and was retired in 2009, after more than 30 years of operation. The S-3 Viking was designed to operate from aircraft carriers and had a range of over 2,000 miles. It was equipped with a variety of sensors and weapons, including sonobuoys, torpedoes, missiles, and bombs. The S-3 Viking was known for its versatility and reliability, as well as its distinctive sound, which earned it the nickname “Hoover” after the vacuum cleaner.

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