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EA-6B Prowler  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): July 1971
Maiden Flight: 25 May 1968
Total Production: 170
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: A-6 Intruder
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1960
Total Production: ?
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Description: The EA-6B Prowler is an electronic warfare aircraft designed for protection over strike aircraft, ground troops and ships by jamming enemy radar, communications and electronic data link. It is a derivative of the combat-proven A-6 Intruder with a rear side-by-side workstations for electronic equipment management. The Prowler's initial deployment was in 1972 during the Vietnam War. Afterward the Prowler was employed operationally in the Gulf War (1991), and over the former Yugoslavia.

The Prowler is powered by two Pratt and Whitney J52-P408 engines rated at 10,400 pounds each. The Prowler main weapons is the pod-mounted ALQ-99F airborne jamming system as well as other sensitive surveillance receivers. Eventually it can be armed with AGM-88 HARM missiles to carry out Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) missions. Typically the EA-6B Prowler operates with external fuel tanks and the ALQ-99 jamming pods.

As of early 2000s Northrop-Grumman was upgrading the EA-6B Prowler capabilities under the ICAP III program which provides a new airborne electronic attack system. ICAP III features the AN/ALQ-218. The US Navy has selected the EA-18G, a Super Hornet derivative, to replace the EA-6B Prowler by 2009. As of March 2005, the Navy's Prowler fleet was expected to remain in service until 2012. The Prowler fleet will be retired in early 2013. The US Marine Corps operates the last remaining (15) EA-6B aircraft to conduct SEAD missions.

EA-6B Prowler Applications

Fighting Ships CV 63 Kitty Hawk CV 67 John F. Kennedy CVN 68 Nimitz

EA-6B Prowler Specifications

Crew: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4.90 meter (16.1 foot)
Length: 17.7 meter (58 foot)
Wingspan: 15.9 meter (52 foot)
Ceiling: 37,600 foot (11,460 meter)
Max Range: 3,252 kilometer (1,756 nautical mile)
Min Range: 1,840 kilometer
Top Speed at High Altitude: 274 mps (987 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 20,800 pound (9,435 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 27,450 kilogram (60,516 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EA-6B Prowler News

There are 17 news between
29 Dec 2003 and 17 Oct 2018
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018US Navy and Australia to Upgrade EA-18G and EA-6B Electronic Attack Aircraft
Friday, July 31, 2015US Marine Corps Declares F-35B Initial Operational Capability
Monday, June 29, 2015US Navy Retires Last EA-6B Prowler Electronic Attack Aircraft
Tuesday, July 12, 2011US Navy's EA-18G Growlers Complete First Combat Deployment
Thursday, April 21, 2011US Navy Takes Delivery of the 500th Boeing Super Hornet/Growler
Thursday, February 17, 2011US Navy Deploys EA-18G Growlers Airborne Electronic Attack Aircraft
Tuesday, July 20, 2010Northrop Grumman Awarded Tech Maturation Contract for Next Generation Jammer
Monday, September 29, 2008US Navy Awards Contract to Produce Fourth Lot of Airborne Electronic Attack Systems
Wednesday, June 4, 2008Boeing Delivers First Fleet EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Aircraft
Monday, May 5, 2008US Navy Awards Third Order for ICAP III Airborne Electronic Attack Systems

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United States of America170
201815operated by the US Marine Corps

Grand Total 1701
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