The united State Navy has taken delivery of a new anti-submarine aircraft -- the S-3A Viking -- which is claimed to be at least ten times more effective in tracking submarines than its predecessor.
AV Aircraft carrier during manoeuvres
SV Viking anti-submarine plane along deck and takes off (2 shots)
SV PAN Viking lands on deck and takes off again
SV Viking landing
GROUND TO AIR Viking flys overhead
SV PAN Viking lands folds up wings and parks
GV Viking takes off into the sunset
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Background: The united State Navy has taken delivery of a new anti-submarine aircraft -- the S-3A Viking -- which is claimed to be at least ten times more effective in tracking submarines than its predecessor.
The United States Under-Secretary for the Navy J. William Middendorf flew in a Viking on Wednesday (February 20) to the North Island Naval base in California for the handing over ceremony.
This film, released by the Lockheed-California Company, manufacturers of the S-3A Viking was shot during carrier trials earlier this year.
The Viking first flew in January 1972 and tracked its first submarine in August that year. The U.S. Navy has ordered production of 101 Vikings and plans to have 187 in service by the end of 1977.
The Viking was designed to counter the increasingly lethal challenge posed by the new quieter, faster and deeper running submarines and also missile armed surface ships.
The aircraft has a crew of four and is powered by twin high-bypass turbofan engines. Manufacturers say it incorporates the most extensive and sophisticated application of electronics, sensors and software technology ever developed for a tactical aircraft.
It has an advanced computer integrated avionics system. And the combat ceiling, dash and cruise speeds of the Viking are more than twice those of the S-2 Tracker it succeeds. Its search range is almost three times as great and its torpedo stores are double that of the Tracker.