Common Support Aircraft
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The Common Support Aircraft (CSA) was a proposed concept, which has been considered by the United States Navy since at least the early 1990s, to replace a number of different fixed-wing aircraft capable of operating from an aircraft carrier and which serve a "support" function, with a single type of aircraft or aircraft platform able to perform all support tasks.
Current roles deemed "support" by the Navy include: carrier on-board delivery (COD), electronic surveillance (ES), electronic warfare (EW), and airborne early warning (AEW). Another possible support role for a carrier-based aircraft is that of aerial refueling.
Current carrier-based fixed-wing support aircraft used by the US Navy, and which would presumably be replaced by the CSA, include:
- the C-2 Greyhound, for COD;
- and the E-2 Hawkeye, for AEW.
Other support aircraft used by the US Navy in the recent past include:
- the S-3 Viking, for ASW, ASUW, and aerial refueling;
- the ES-3 Shadow, for ES.
- the EA-6B Prowler, for EW.