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ES-3A Shadow ELINT aircraft

Country of Origin: USA


The ES-3A Shadow was an adaptation of the carrier-based S-3 Viking maritime patrol aircraft to the electronic intelligence (ELINT) intercept mission. The Shadow was intended to replace the aging EA-3 Skywarrior that entered service in 1960. The ES-3A was the platform for the airborne part of the Battle Group Passive Horizon Extension System (BGPHES).

The basic S-3 design reflected the need to cruise at patrol speeds for long periods of time, carry a comprehensive set of sensors,...

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