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EA-6B Prowler

Description: The EA-6B Prowler provides an umbrella of protection over strike aircraft, ground troops and ships by jamming enemy radar, electronic data links and communications.

Features: The EA-6B Prowler is a twin-engine, mid-wing aircraft manufactured by Northrop 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.

Background: The primary mission of the aircraft is to support strike aircraft and ground troops by interrupting enemy electronic activity and obtaining tactical electronic intelligence within a combat area.

Points of Contact:
Navy:
Naval Air Systems Command
Public Affairs Department
47123 Buse Road, Unit IPT
Bldg. 2272, Suite 075
Patuxent River, MD 20670-5440
(301)757-1487

Marine Corps:
Headquarters USMC
Division of Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20380-1775
(703) 614-1492

General Characteristics

Primary Function: Electronic countermeasures
Contractor: Northrop Grumman Aerospace Corporation
Propulsion: Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P408 engines (10,400 pounds thrust each)
Length: 59 feet 10 inches (17.7 meters)
Wingspan: 53 feet (15.9 meters)
Height: 16 feet 8 inches (4.9 meters)
Weight: Max gross take-off: 61,500 pounds (27,450 kg)
Speed: Over 500 knots (575 mph, 920 kmh)
Range: Over 1,000 nautical miles (1,150 miles, 1,840 km)
Ceiling: 37,600 feet
Crew: Four: pilot and three electronic countermeasures officers
Armament: AGM-88A HARM missile
Date Deployed: First flight, May 25, 1968; Operational, July 1971

Above Information Courtesy of United States Navy

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