Developmental testing of the S-313 Maverick Plus System (MPS) was completed earlier this fall at the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (NFATS) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. MPS will provide every fleet S3B with the capability to carry, target, and launch the AGM-65E Laser Maverick and AGM-65F Infrared (IR) Maverick air-to-surface missiles. In addition, MPS-equipped S-3Bs not only will be able to launch the AGM84H/K standoff land-attack missile expanded response (SLAM-ER) weapon, but also will allow post-launch SLAM-ER control using the AWW-13 weapon data link pod for either autonomous or cooperative employment scenarios. These new capabilities will improve greatly the Viking's ability to conduct combat antisurface warfare operations by adding three precision, standoff weapons. This development also introduces the ability for overland strike missions using SLAM-ER. None of these capabilities compromise the S-3B's vital role of organic tanking.
S-3B Maverick Plus System Breathes New Life into Old Airframe
By Lieutenants Tim Hill and Kevin Quarderer, U.S. Navy, Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron