What Are Some Types of Naval Aircraft?


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United States Navy aircraft include the F35-C Lightning II, F/A-18C Hornet, E-2C Hawkeye, P-8A Poseidon and C-2A Greyhound. The F-35 Lightning is a single seat, multi-purpose fighter deployable for reconnaissance missions, air defense and air-to-ground combat. It is considered the next generation fighter to the Hornet and Harrier.

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The E-2C Hawkeye is an extremely sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft with multi-mission capacity and the ability to coordinate ground and air operations. Among its many bells and whistles, the Hawkeye boasts surveillance sensors, threat analysis equipment and advanced radar. Also a reconnaissance plane, the P-3C Orion has been a key element of the Navy's air arsenal since the 1960s, with its most potent incarnation arriving in 1969. Throughout the process of its modernization, the P-3C has carried sono-buoys, submarine detector sensors and magnetic anomaly detection.

The workhorse C-2A Greyhound is one of the Navy's most important logistical aircraft, often serving missions delivering important cargo and personnel between shore and carrier. The Greyhound possesses a large rear ramp door accompanied by a highly powered winch, each facilitating rapid cycles of loading and unloading. The P-8A Poseidon, considered the next generation to the Orion, builds upon the latter's tradition of reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare while also adding greater technological sophistication and payload. In particular, the Poseidon has six external weapons mounts, a five-station internal weapons bay, torpedoes and mines.

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