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Grumann A-6E Intruder

posted by Jiri Wagner

Designed in the late 1950s, the A-6 is an all-weather long-range carrierborne attack aircraft able to operate by day or night. The first of six YA-2F1 prototypes flew on April 19, 1960 with the first of 482 production A-6As being delivered to the US Navy beginning in 1963. The Intruder played a large role in the Vietnam war, flying over 35,000 combat sorties by 1973.

The definitive version is the A-6E which includes an APQ-148 multi-mode Doppler radar with terrain mapping and track-while-scan capabilities. Included beneath the nose radome is a laser spot tracker and laser ranger and designator. All A-6Es in service are due to be retired by the year 2000.

General characteristics

Primary function carrierborne attack aircraft
Contractor Grumann Aerospace Corp.
Power plant Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P-8B non-afterburning turbojets
Thrust 2x 9,300 lb 2x 41.3 kN
Wingspan 53 ft 16.15 m
Length 54 ft 9 in 16.69 m
Height 16 ft 2 in 4.93 m
Wingarea 528.8 ft q. 49.13 m q.
Max. takeoff weight 58,600 lb 26,580 kg
Initial climb rate 127 ft/s 38.7 m/s
Ceiling 47,500 ft 14,480 m
Max. speed 648 mph 1,043 km/h
Range 1,815 miles 2,920 km
Armament Up to 18,000 lb including free-fall bombs, AGM-65 Maverick ASMs, AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, AGM-84E SLAMs, AGM-88 HARMs, or four drop tanks
Crew Two


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