Arabian Gulf (Oct. 25, 2004) - An S-3B Viking assigned to the "Diamond Cutters" of Sea Control Squadron Three Zero (VS-30), flies over an oil rig in the Arabian Gulf during flight operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Kennedy and embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Description: The S-3B Viking is an all weather, carrier-based jet aircraft, providing protection against hostile surface combatants while also functioning as the Carrier Battle Groups' primary overhead/mission tanker. Extremely versatile, the aircraft is equipped for many missions, including day/night surveillance, electronic countermeasures, command/control/communications warfare, and search and rescue (SAR).
Features: The S-3B's high-speed computer system processes and displays information generated by its targeting-sensor systems. These systems include; Inverse/Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR/SAR), infrared (IR) sensor and an Electronic Support (ESM) system. To engage and destroy targets, the S-3B Viking
employs an impressive array of airborne weaponry including the AGM 84 Harpoon
Anti-Ship Missile, AGM 65 Maverick
IR missile and a wide selection of conventional bombs and torpedoes. Future Viking
aircraft will also have a control capability for the AGM 84 Standoff Land Attack Missile Extended Range (SLAM-ER) missile. The S-3B provides the fleet with a very effective fixed wing, "over the horizon" aircraft to combat the significant and varied threats presented by modern maritime combatants.
Background: Derived from the S-3A and formerly configured for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), the S-3B of the 1990s has evolved into a premier surveillance and precision-targeting platform for the Navy along with modern precision-guided missile capabilities. On March 25, 2003, an S-3B from the "Red Griffins" of Sea Control Squadron Thirty-eight (VS 38) became the first such aircraft to attack inland and to fire a laser-guided Maverick
missile in combat. The attack was made on "significant naval target" in the Tigris River near Basra, Iraq. VS-38 was embarked in USS Constellation
Primary Function: Force Protection, Organic overhead/mission tankingContractor:
Lockheed-California CompanyUnit Cost:
Two General Electric TF-34-GE-400B turbofan engines (9,275 pounds of thrust each)Length:
53 feet 4 inches (16 meters)Wingspan:
68 feet 8 inches (20.6 meters)Height:
22 feet 9 inches (6.9 meters)Weight:
Max design gross take-off: 52,539 pounds (23,643 kg)Speed:
450 knots (518 mph, 828.8 kph)Ceiling:
2,300+ nautical miles (2,645 statute miles, 4232 km)Armament:
Up to 3,958 pounds (1,781 kg) of AGM-84 Harpoon
, AGM-65 Maverick
and AGM-84 SLAM
missiles, torpedoes, rockets and bombs.Crew: