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Grumman EA-6B Prowler

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.

General characteristics

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
Crew Four
Armament Four or sixAGM-88A HARM missile
Date deployed First flight, May 25, 1968; Operational, July 1971


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