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North American A-5 Vigilante
The North American A-5 Vigilante was an American carrier-based supersonic bomber designed for the United States Navy.
Prior to 1962 unification of Navy and Air Force designations, it was designated the A3J Vigilante.
(NA247) Prototypes, two built, one converted to RA-5C, one crashed 1959.
58 built, 6 cancelled, survivors re-designated A-5A in 1962, 42 converted to RA-5C.
18 built, redesignated A-5B, 5 completed as XA3J-3P (YA-5C), all converted to RA-5C.
5 x A3J-2 completed from A3J-2 order without reconnaissance systems and assigned to pilot familiarization, later converted to RA-5C.
20 built, re-designated RA-5C.
The 5 XA3J-3P aircraft re-designated, before conversion to RA-5C
Reconnaissance aircraft, 77 contracted, 8 cancelled, 69 built, plus 20 redesignated and 61 converted from earlier variants
Proposed Improved Manned Interceptor for U.S. Air Force with three J79 engines and an armament of six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles.
76 ft 6 in (23.32 m)
53 ft 0 in (16.16 m)
19 ft 5 in (5.91 m)
701 sq ft (65.1 m2)
32,783 lb (14,870 kg)
47,631 lb (21,605 kg)
Max take-off weight
63,085 lb (28,615 kg)
2 × General Electric J79-GE-8 after-burning turbojet engines, 10,900 lbf (48 kN) thrust each dry, 17,000 lbf (76 kN) with afterburner
1,149 kn (1,322 mph, 2,128 km/h) at 40,000 ft (12,000 m)
974 nmi (1,121 mi, 1,804 km) (to target and return)
1,571 nmi (1,808 mi, 2,909 km)
52,100 ft (15,900 m)
Rate of climb
8,000 ft/min (41 m/s)
80.4 lb/sq ft (393 kg/m2)
1× B27, B28 or B43 freefall nuclear bomb in internal weapons bay
2× B43, Mark 83,
Mark 84 bombs on two external hard points
Systems carried by A-5 or RA-5C
AN/ASB-12 Bombing & Navigation Radar (A-5, RA-5C)
Westinghouse AN/APD-7 SLAR (RA-5C)
Sanders AN/ALQ-100 E/F/G/H-Band Radar Jammer (RA-5C)
Sanders AN/ALQ-41 X-Band Radar Jammer (A-5, RA-5C)
AIL AN/ALQ-61 Radio/Radar/IR ECM Receiver (RA-5C)
Litton ALR-45 “COMPASS TIE” 2-18 GHz Radar Warning Receiver (RA-5C)
Magnavox AN/APR-27 SAM Radar Warning Receiver (RA-5C)
Itek AN/APR-25 S/X/C-Band Radar Detection and Homing Set (RA-5C)
Motorola AN/APR-18 Electronic Reconnaissance System (A-5, RA-5C)
AN/AAS-21 IR Reconnaissance Camera (RA-5C).
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