Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler

The Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler is a twin-engine, four-seat, mid-wing electronic-warfare aircraft derived from the A-6 Intruder airframe.

The EA-6A was the initial electronic warfare version of the A-6 used by the United States Marine Corps and United States Navy.

Development on the more advanced EA-6B began in 1966.

An EA-6B aircrew consisted of one pilot and three Electronic Countermeasures Officers, though it was not uncommon for only two ECMOs to be used on missions.

It was capable of carrying and firing anti-radiation missiles (ARMs), such as the AGM-88 HARM.

The Prowler was in service with the U.S. Armed Forces from 1971 until 2019.

Specifications

Crew

4

Length

59 ft 10 in (18.24 m)

Wingspan

53 ft (16 m)

Height

16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)

Wing area

528.9 sq ft (49.14 m2)

Empty weight

31,160 lb (14,134 kg)

Max take-off weight

61,500 lb (27,896 kg)

Powerplant

2 × Pratt & Whitney J52-P-408A turbojet engines, 10,400 lbf (46 kN) thrust each

Performance

Maximum speed

566 kn (651 mph, 1,048 km/h)

Cruise speed

418 kn (481 mph, 774 km/h)

Range

2,022 nmi (2,327 mi, 3,745 km)

2,400 mi (2,100 nmi; 3,900 km) with drop tanks

Service ceiling

37,600 ft (11,500 m)

Rate of climb

12,900 ft/min (66 m/s)

Wing loading

116 lb/sq ft (570 kg/m2)

Thrust/weight

0.34

Armament

Hardpoints

5 total: 1× centreline/under-fuselage plus 4× under-wing pylon stations with a capacity of 18,000 pounds (8,200 kg),with provisions to carry combinations of:

Missiles

Up to 4× AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation missiles

Other

Up to 5× 300 US gallons (1,100 L) external drop tanks

Up to 5× AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System external pods

AN/ALE-43(V)1&4 Bulk Chaff Dispensing System pod

AN/AAQ-28(V) Lightning targeting pod (USMC only)

Avionics

AN/ALQ-218 Tactical Jamming System Receiver

AN/USQ-113 Communications Jamming System.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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