Is the A-6 Intruder still in service?

Is the A-6 Intruder still in service?

The last EA-6A had been retired by 1993. A much more highly specialized derivative of the Intruder was the EA-6B Prowler, having a “stretched” airframe with two additional systems operators, and more comprehensive systems for the electronic warfare and SEAD roles.

Why was the A-6 Intruder retired?

It was retired, because it was just obsolete. The A-6 was developed in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Back then, the A-6 was sufficient as a carrier-based strike aircraft, but as air defenses evolved, it’s survivability decreased.

How many a6 Intruders were lost in Vietnam?

-6 Intruders
During the course of operations over Vietnam, a total of 84 A-6 Intruders were lost with the majority (56) downed by anti-aircraft artillery and other ground fire.

How fast was the A-6 Intruder?

644 mphGrumman A-6 Intruder / Top speed

What is an intruder aircraft?

An intruder is a military aircraft and its crew that is tasked with penetrating deep into enemy air space, to disrupt operations. Intruders often loiter in the vicinity of enemy airbases to attack aircraft as they take off or land. The technique was first used in World War II.

What replaced the A-6 Intruder?

F/A-18 Hornet
It is configured for both Harm and Harpoon missiles and with its radar and FLIR/laser systems, can detect, classify and attack a full range of targets. The A-6E Intruder is being replaced by the F/A-18 Hornet and will be phased out of service within the next year or two.

How much does an A-6 Intruder cost?

Grumman A-6 Intruder

A-6 Intruder
Status Retired
Primary users United States Navy United States Marine Corps
Number built 693
Unit cost US$43 million (1998)

When was the a6 Intruder retired?

1997Grumman A-6 Intruder / Retired

What replaced the F 14 Tomcat?

The Tomcat was retired by U.S. Navy on 22 September 2006, having been supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

Is the movie Flight of the Intruder based on a true story?

It is based on the novel of the same name by former Grumman A-6 Intruder pilot Stephen Coonts.

How many MiG 21 shot down in Vietnam?

From April 1965 to November 1968, over 268 air battles occurred over the skies of North Vietnam. North Vietnam claimed 244 downed U.S. aircraft while admitting to the loss of 85 MiGs. Of these, 46 air battles conducted between F-4s and MiG-21s – the losses were 27 F-4 Phantoms and 20 MiG-21s.

When did the EA-6A Intruder come out?

The A-6 entered service in 1963 and went on to fight over in Vietnam for a decade and then on to Libya and Iraq, among other operations, as the decades progressed. Out of the intruder, Grumman and the Navy quickly gave birth to the EA-6A, an electronic warfare variant of the two-seat Intruder that was built to jam enemy air defense radars.

Why was the A-6 Intruder so important?

Grumman’s A-6 Intruder was the ‘Main Battery’ of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam War. It represented the most capable medium attack aircraft in-theatre for the entire conflict, being capable of striking targets with a heavy load of ordnance in almost any weather condition.

Is the Grumman Prowler the end of the A-6 Intruder?

The end of the Prowler also marks the end of an incredibly successful legacy for Grumman’s A-6 Intruder family of aircraft that reaches back six decades.

What happened to the EA-6B Prowler?

The EA-6B Prowler has officially been retired from service by the Marine Corps, the last operator of the type. “Prowler Sundown” has been creeping slowly closer ever since the U.S. Navy retired the aircraft back in July of 2015.