Combat range: 878 nmi (1,010 mi, 1,626 km) (with max payload)
Ferry range: 2,818 nmi (3,243 mi, 5,219 km)
Service ceiling: 42,400 ft (12,900 m)
G limits: -2.4 to 6.5
Rate of climb: 7,620 ft/min (38.7 m/s)
Take-off run to 50 ft (15 m): 4,530 ft (1,380 m)
Landing run from 50 ft (15 m): 2,540 ft (770 m)
Hard points: Five hard points with a capacity of 3,600 lb (1,600 kg) each (4 under wings, 1 under fuselage), 18,000 lb (8,200 kg) total, with provisions to carry combinations of:
12x LAU-10 4-round 5 inch Zuni pods
12x LAU-68 7-round 2.75 inch FFAR pods
12x LAU-61/LAU-68 19-round 2.75 inch FFAR pods
AGM-45 Shrike anti-radar missile × 2
AGM-78 Standard ARM anti-radar missile × 2
AGM-62 Walleye TV-guided glide bomb
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile × 6
AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile / AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile
AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missile
AGM-123 Skipper air-to-ground missile
AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile
ADM-141 TALD decoy missiles
28× Mk 82 500 lb (227 kg) GP bombs or Mk 20 Rockeye II cluster bomb
13× Mk 83 1,000 lb (454 kg) GP bombs
5× Mk 84 2,000 lb (907 kg) GP bombs
5x GBU-12/16/10 laser-guided bombs
5x CBU-72 Fuel-Air Explosives
Up to three B43, B57 or B61 nuclear weapons
Mk 60 Captor Mine
Up to 5 300 US gal (250 imp gal; 1,100 L) drop tanks
Various practice stores, chaff launchers, baggage pods, flares
Pre-production aircraft, eight built with the first four with rotating jet exhaust pipes, redesignated YA-6A in 1962.
First production variant with fixed tailpipe, 484 built, redesignated A-6A in 1962.
Prototype electronic warfare variant, one modified from A2F-1, redesignated YEA-6A in 1962.
Electronic warfare variant of the A2F-1 redesignated EA-6A in 1962
Pre-production aircraft redesignated from YA2F-1 in 1962.
First production variant redesignated from A2F-1 in 1962.
One YA2F-1 electronic warfare variant prototype redesignated in 1962.
Electronic warfare variant redesignated from A2F-1H, had a redesigned fin and rudder and addition of an ECM radome, able to carry under wing ECM pods, three YA-6A and four A-6As converted and 21 built.
The redesignation of three YA-6As and three A-6As.
The six aircraft were modified for special tests.
One EA-6A aircraft was modified for special test purposes.
Proposed trainer variant with three-seat, not built.
Variant fitted with avionics for the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), 19 conversions from A-6A.
Electronic warfare variant of the A-6A with longer fuselage for four crew.
The designation of two EA-6B prototypes, which were modified for special test purposes.
A-6A conversion for low-level attack role with electro-optical sensors, twelve converted.
A-6A conversion for flight-refueling, 58 converted.
A-6A with improved electronics.
A-6F Intruder II
Advanced version with updated electronics and General Electric F404 turbofans; only 5 built.
Proposed cheaper alternative to the A-6F, with its advanced electronics, but existing J52 turbojets.
Unbuilt single-seat A-6 based design proposal for the VA(L) competition for A-4 Skyhawk replacement based on existing design. Contract ultimately awarded to the LTV A-7 Corsair II.