Daily Archives: April 4, 2016

FMS Not Likely to See Reform in 2016


Apr 04, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

A lack of interest by Congress is likely to result in no meaningful reform to the foreign military sales (FMS) occurring this year, according to analysts and congressional sources. The process has been criticized by several parties including Pentagon officials, foreign leaders, and industry executives, but due to its complexity and global sensitivities to weapon sales, any reform will not be rushed. Calls to speed up the approval for sales has come at a time when several US partner nations have been buying equipment while participating in regional conflicts against Islamic State militants. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, however, which has oversight over foreign weapon sales, calls the complaints “part of the natural back and forth that occurs when a foreign nation wants a US weapon.”


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S-3 Viking Sale to Seoul May Entice Other Buyers


Apr 04, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

Lockheed Martin hopes to have South Korea’s purchase of the S-3 Viking approved in June. Seoul’s purchase of the maritime patrol and and submarine hunter is also acting as a barometer for other countries, including Vietnam, and two other nations. The comments were made by the company’s director of maritime patrol programs, Clay Fearnow at this year’s FIDAE 2016 expo in Chile. Renewed interest in the plane by South Korea, as a supplement to its order of P-9 aircraft, has given it a new lease on life since the 2009 divestment by the US Navy.


S-3B Viking

The S-3B Viking carried out the US Navy’s carrier-based sea control mission. The S-3 was originally designed in the early 1970s to replace the S-2 Tracker. The new aircraft had a sophisticated anti-submarine warfare sensor suite. It was nicknamed by its aircrews as the Hoover.

The S-3A variant was replaced in the early 1990s by the S-3B. This incorporated upgrades such as the APS-137 inverse synthetic aperture radar and the AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

In 2009 the S-3B Viking was retired from the US Navy’s front line service, though some of these aircraft were still used for secondary duties. These aircraft were finally retired in 2016 after more than 40 years of service. The Viking was retired without proper replacement. Its missions were taken over by the P-3C Orion, various SH-60 Seahawk series helicopters and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

Entered service 1974
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 16.26 m
Wing span 20.93 m
Height 6.93 m
Weight (empty) 12 t
Weight (maximum take off) 23.8 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x General Electric TF34-GE-2 turbofans
Traction (dry / with afterburning) 2 x 41.26 kN
Maximum speed 814 km/h
Service ceiling 10.6 km
Combat radius 853 km
Missiles AGM-84D Harpoon anti-ship missiles
Bombs Mk 82/83 free-fall bombs, Mk 53 mines, Mk 54 depth bombs, Mk 20 Mod 2 ‘Rockeye’ cluster bombs
Other Mk 46/53 Barracuda torpedoes, 127-mm Zuni and 70-mm FFAR or Hydra 70 rockets

Source military-today.com