A-6E Intruder

BUNO - 162182

"The Mighty Alpha Six"

The Grumman A-6 Intruder is an American twinjet all-weather attack aircraft developed and manufactured by American aircraft company Grumman Aerospace that was operated by the U.S. Navy.

The A-6 was developed during the late 1950s and early 1960s in response to a requirement issued by the United States Navy for an all-weather jet-powered carrier-based attack aircraft. It was designed as a successor for multiple existing medium-sized attack aircraft, such as the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. Unlike its predecessors, and even some contemporaries, the A-6 made extensive use of interconnected avionics. Operated by a crew of two in a side-by-side seating configuration, the workload was divided between the pilot and weapons officer. In addition to conventional munitions, the type was also compatible with the Navy's air-based nuclear weapons, which were deployable via a toss bombing techniques. On 19 April 1960, the prototype performed the type's maiden flight.

The A-6 was in service with the United States Navy and Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, multiple variants of the type being introduced during this time. From the A-6, a specialized electronic warfare derivative, the EA-6B Prowler, was developed. It was deployed during various overseas conflicts, including the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. The A-6 was intended to be superseded by the McDonnell Douglas A-12 Avenger II, but this program was ultimately canceled due to cost overruns. Thus, when the A-6E was scheduled for retirement, its precision strike mission was initially taken over by the Grumman F-14 Tomcat equipped with a LANTIRN pod.

specifications

DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITY 

CREW: 2 - Pilot and Bombardier/Navigator (BN)

SIZE: LENGTH 54 ft 9 in (16.69 m),
WINGSPAN 53 ft 0 in (16.15 m),

HEIGHT 16 ft 2 in (4.93 m),

EMPTY WEIGHT 26,660 lb (12,093 kg)

MAX TAKE OFF WEIGHT: 60,400 lb (27,397 kg) (shore-based operations)

PERFORMANCE

SPEED: 560 kn (640 mph, 1,040 km/h) at sea level

SERVICE CEILING: 42,400 ft (12,900 m)

RANGE: 878 nmi (1,010 mi, 1,626 km) (with max payload)

Armament:

  • Hardpoints: Five hardpoints with a capacity of 3,600 lb (1,600 kg) each (4 under wings, 1 under fuselage), 18,000 lb (8,200 kg) total,with provisions to carry combinations of:

  • Rockets:
    12x LAU-10 4-round 5 inch Zuni pods
    12x LAU-68 7-round 2.75 inch FFAR pods
    12x LAU-61/LAU-68 19-round 2.75 inch FFAR pods

  • Missiles:
    AGM-45 Shrike anti-radar missile
    AGM-78 Standard ARM anti-radar missile
    AGM-62 Walleye TV-guided glide bomb
    AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile
    AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile/AGM-84E Standoff Land Attack Missile
    AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missile
    AGM-123 Skipper air-to-ground missile
    AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile
    ADM-141 TALD decoy missiles

  • Bombs:
    28× Mk 82 500 lb (227 kg) GP bombs or Mk 20 Rockeye II cluster bomb
    13× Mk 83 1,000 lb (454 kg) GP bombs
    5× Mk 84 2,000 lb (907 kg) GP bombs
    5x GBU-12/16/10 laser-guided bombs
    5x CBU-72 Fuel-Air Explosives
    Up to three B43/B57/B61 "Special Weapons"

  • Other:
    Mk 60 Captor Mine
    Up to 5 300 US gal (250 imp gal; 1,100 L) drop tanks
    Various practice stores, chaff launchers, baggage pods, flares

"This aircraft on loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum on behalf of the Navy History and Heritage Command"

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