VS-21 was redesignated Sea Control Squadron 21 (also VS-21) on 15 September 1993 in recognition of the VS community's increased role in antisurface warfare
. The squadron deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 1995 and off Taiwan in 1996.
E-Systems has joined a Tracor Flight Systems, Inc./Boeing Defense & Space Group team competing for an antisurface warfare
(ASUW) upgrade program for the Navy' s P-3C aircraft.
Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract for the manufacture, assembly and testing of three P-3C Orion Update II.5 antisurface warfare
improvement program kits.
The program will enhance the aircraft's abilities to perform antisurface warfare
(ASUW) missions, specifically by improving the aircraft's over-the-horizon targeting and |C.sup.3~I capabilities.
The system greatly improves the Viking's ability to conduct combat antisurface warfare
operations using each of these missiles, and also introduces the ability for overland strike missions using SLAM-ER.
Eventually, its roles will be performed by other platforms--surface search and control by the SH-60R Seahawk or the P-3C Update III antisurface warfare
improvement program aircraft, and tanking by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.