Magazine article National Defense

The Next Carrier-Based Anti-Submarine Aircraft Will Use Same Airframe as Airborne Radar Plane

Magazine article National Defense

The Next Carrier-Based Anti-Submarine Aircraft Will Use Same Airframe as Airborne Radar Plane

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The Navy announced the notional requirements for its next generation carrier-based anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft as it continues to upgrade its existing stable of airborne anti-submarine platforms-P-3 Orion, SH Seahawk, and S-3 Viking.

The new sub hunter is part of a larger program known as the common support aircraft (CSA).The goal is to combine the missions of the\liking, ES-3 electronic intelligence aircraft, C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery plane, E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning platform, and anti-surface warfare into a single airframe. The aim is to reduce per unit acquisition costs and cut maintenance expenses. The Navy gets the additional benefit of freeing limited spare parts storage and deck space on board aircraft carriers by having a single basic airframe with a single logistics stream.

The initial notional requirement for the sub hunting CSA variant call for an aircraft with a radius of action of 415 nautical miles. It will operate on station for between two and three hours at attitudes ranging from 500 to 25,000feet A dash speed on station of 425 knots at sea level is sought with a loiter speed of 140 knots at 30,000 feet Approximately 6,000 pounds of ordnance is slated to be carried by the ASW aircraft in addition to up to 80 sonobouys. …

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