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Navy planes and jets can warn the fleet of a threat, deter that threat, and – when the mission calls for it – strike targets before they even know what hit them. Advanced electronics, sensors, weapons and all-weather capabilities put the “forward” in a forward-deployed, global presence.
The U.S. and its allies are getting something new and fierce: the F35 Joint Strike Fighter. The F35-C is the sleek US Navy variant and should be finishing up its trial carrier runs later this year. Stealthy, supersonic, well-armed and multi-mission, the F35-C has an advanced airframe and is designed to be supportable and survivable.
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Agile, versatile and lethal, multi-mission Hornets are the quick-striking, high-tech hunters of an air wing. Capable of taking out targets in all weather, night or day, surface or sky, many experts consider them to be the best class of fighter in the world. Hornet fighter/attack jets are the icons of Navy aviation.
Get the tech and specs on Hornets and Super Hornets.
Modern air combat is as much about the opposing electronics as it is about the opposing missiles. Enter the Growler. Built on a similar platform to the Hornet, its primary mission is to jam radars, sensors and tracking systems — keeping the rest of the air wing focused on their mission. Although outfitted with potent weapons, Growlers mainly prowl the sky for enemy tracking and communication systems to jam.
Get the tech and specs on the EA-18 Growler.
If a Hornet or Lightening is the rifle, the Hawkeye is the scope. Advanced radar, threat analysis equipment, surveillance sensors and more create a potent early-warning system miles out. Like all Navy aircraft, the Hawkeye is multi-mission and can coordinate defense and offense in the air or to the surface.
Get the tech and specs on the E-2C Hawkeye.
The Poseidon is the jet engine upgrade to the venerable P-3C Orion. The Poseidon is being phased into service to take on the Orion’s old tasks and more, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, shipping interdiction, and electronic signals intelligence. It also carries an impressive array of weapons for its missions, including torpedoes, depth charges, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship missiles. On top of that, it can also deploy and monitor sonobuoys.
Get the tech and specs on the P-8A Poseidon.
The one thing you’ll notice right away on the P-3 is the distinctive tail stinger, or MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detection) boom. This high-tech array of sensitive detection instruments is the main purpose of the Orion. It is used for multiple missions, including maritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
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A carrier battle group is a floating metropolis that occasionally has to import and export. And this is the Navy's freight train — with a 10,000-pound payload that can deliver personnel, equipment, spare parts, mail and more to a fleet far out at sea. As mission-critical as any attack craft, Greyhounds can haul just about anything from sea to ground and back.
Get the tech and specs on the C-2A Greyhound.