Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Specifications

1st Flight 1968

Crew: 4 (one pilot, three electronic countermeasures officers)

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 takeoff 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) (tanks kept)

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

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

Hard points: 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 (typically 2x carried)

Other:

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

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

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

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

Avionics

AN/ALQ-218 Tactical Jamming System Receiver

AN/USQ-113 Communications Jamming System

Variants

The Northrop Grumman (formerly 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.

It has carried out numerous missions for jamming enemy radar systems, and in gathering radio intelligence on those and other enemy air defence systems.

From the 1998 retirement of the United States Air Force EF-111 Raven electronic warfare aircraft, the EA-6B was the only dedicated electronic warfare plane available for missions by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Air Force until the fielding of the Navy’s EA-18G Growler in 2009.

Following its last deployment in late 2014, the EA-6B was withdrawn from U.S. Navy service in June 2015, followed by the USMC in March 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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