The EA-6B Prowler is used to collect tactical electronic order of battle (EOB) data which can be disseminated through command and control system while airborne, and which can be recorded and processed after missions to provide updates to various orders of battle. The EA-6B Prowler also provides active radar jamming support to assault support and attack aircrtaft, as well as ground units. Additional suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) capability is available with the employment of HARM.

EA-6B Prowlers may be land-based from prepared airfields, or they can operate from expeditionary airfields (EAF). They may also be sea-based on aircraft carriers.

EA-6B Prowler Specifications

Primary function Airborne Command and Control (C2W) support to Fleet Marine Forces to include electronic attack (EA), tactical electronic support (ES), electronic protection (EP) and high speed anti-radiation missile (HARM).
Manufacturer Grumman Aircraft Corporation
Power plant Two Pratt and Whitney J52-P408 turbofan engines
Thrust 11,200 pounds (4,767 kilograms) per engine
Length 59 feet (17.98 meters)
Height 15 feet (4.57 meters)
Wing span 53 feet (16.15 meters)
Speed Maximum .99 mach; cruise .72 mach
Ceiling 40,000 feet (12,186 meters)
Maximum takeoff weight 61,500 pounds (27,921 kilograms)
Range Unrefueled in combat configuration: 850 nautical miles (977.5 miles)
Refueled: unlimited (crew fatigue factor - approximately 8 hours)
Armament ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS); High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM)
Sensors ALQ-99 On-board System (OBS)
Crew: 4
Country of Origin USA.
Similar Aircraft Hunter, A-6 Intruder.
Crew Four; A-6 Intruder-two.
Role ECM.
Armament HARM.
Dimensions Length: 59 ft 10 in (18.24 m). Span: 53 ft (16.15 m).

EA-6B Prowler WEFT Description

Wings Mid-mounted, swept-back, and tapered with blunt tips.
Engine(s) Two turbojets mounted on body midsection. Semicircular air intakes below and forward of the wing roots. Exhausts are in the trailing edges of the wing roots.
Fuselage Teardrop-shaped with a rounded nose. Body tapers to the rear section. Long, stepped canopy with added enclosure for ECM operators.
Tail Unequally tapered tail fin with ECM pod at the top. There is a small fairing in the leading edge. Swept-back, tapered tail flats high-mounted on the fuselage with blunt tips.

Countries which Fly the EA-6B Prowler


EA-6B Prowler Manufacturer Web Site

Northrop Grumman

Books on the EA-6B Prowler

The Ea-6b Prowler: Cross-Sections
The Ea-6b Prowler: Cross-Sections

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A-6E, KA-6D Intruder, EA-6B Prowler

This twentieth installment in the popular LOCK ON series focuses on the lines and details of the USN A-6E, KA-6D Intruder, and EA-6B Prowler built by Grumman. Stunning full color photography captures such details as the cockpits, landing gear, airframe, engines, wing-folds, flaps, slats, external tanks and pods, air brakes, and general carrier operations of this aging but potent aircraft. This book belongs in the collections of scale modelers, aviation enthusiasts, and USN veterans.

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