posted by Jiri Wagner
The EA-6B Prowler provides an umbrella of protection over strike aircraft and ships by jamming enemy radar, electronic data links and communications.
The EA-6B Prowler is a twin-engine, mid-wing aircraft manufactured by Grumman Aerospace Corporation as a modification of the basic A-6 Intruder air frame. Designed for carrier and advanced base operations, the Prowler is a fully integrated electronic warfare system combining long-range, all-weather capabilities with advanced electronic countermeasures. A forward equipment bay, and pod-shaped faring on the vertical fin, house the additional avionics equipment. The side-by-side cockpit arrangement gives maximum efficiency, visibility and comfort.
The primary mission of the aircraft is to support air strikes and ground troops by interrupting enemy electronic activity.
|Primary function||Electronic countermeasures|
|Contractor||Grumman Aerospace Corporation|
|Power plant||Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P408 engines|
|Thrust||11 200 lb||49,83 kN|
|Length||59 ft 10 in||18,24 m|
|Wingspan||53 ft||16,15 m|
|Height||16 ft 3 in||4,95 m|
|Wingarea||528.8 sq ft||49,13 sq m|
|Weight||empty||32 160 lb||14 588 kg|
|max. takeoff||65 000 lb||29 485 kg|
|Speed||max.||610 mph||982 km/h|
|cruising||481 mph||774 km/h|
|Initial climb rate||548 ft/s||167 m/s|
|Max. range||1100 miles||1769 km|
|Ceiling||41 010 ft||12 500 m|
|Armament||Four or sixAGM-88A HARM missile|
|Date deployed||First flight, May 25, 1968; Operational, July 1971|