The primary mission of the EA-6B Prowler is Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses in support of strike aircraft and ground troops by interrupting enemy electronic activity and obtaining tactical electronic intelligence within the combat area.
The EA-6B Prowler is a long-range, all-weather aircraft with advanced electronic countermeasures capability. Manufactured by the Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, it is a twin-engine, mid-wing configured aircraft that has a side by-side cockpit arrangement. The EA-6B war fighting systems includes the ALQ-218 receiver system, the ALQ-99 pod mounted tactical jamming system, the USQ-113 communications jamming system, and the AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The Improved Capability (ICAP) III, approved for Low Rate Initial Production in June 2003, upgrades the on board receiving system, providing an accurate threat emitter geo-location and selective reactive jamming capability against modern threat systems as well as greater situational awareness and interoperability provided by the Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS). The Navy currently plans to complete its transition to the follow-on EA-18G Growler in 2015 and the Marine Corps plans to fly the aircraft until its planned final sundown in 2019.
Primary Function: Electronic attack.
Date Deployed: First Flight: 25 May 1968; Operational Capability: July 1971.
Propulsion: Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P408 engines (10,400 pounds thrust each).
Length: 59 feet 10 inches (17.7 meters).
Height: 16 feet 8 inches (4.9 meters).
Wingspan: 53 feet (15.9 meters).
Weight: Maximum Take Off Gross Weight: 61,500 pounds (27,450 kg).
Airspeed: 500 Kts + (575 mph, 920 kmh).
Ceiling: 40,000 feet.
Range: 1,000 nautical miles+ (1,150 miles, 1,840 km).
Crew: Pilot and three electronic countermeasures officers.
Prime Contractor: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation.
Service: Navy and Marine Corps