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<!--BEGIN SPECIFICATIONS--> A-6 Intruder Specifications Primary Function: All-weather medium attack aircraft Contractor: Grumman Crew: Two Unit Cost: $22 million Powerplant Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P8B engines (9,300 pounds thrust each) Dimensions Length: 54 feet 7 inches (16.1 meters) Wingspan: 53 feet (16.1 meters) Height: 15 feet 7 inches (4.74 meters) Weights Empty: 25,630 pounds (11,636 kg) Maximum Takeoff: 60,626 pounds (27,524 kg) Performance Speed: 563 knots (648 mph / 1036 km/h) Ceiling: 40,600 feet Range: 1,077 miles (1,733 km) -- full combat load Armament 10 2.75" Rocket Pod 10 5" Zuni Rocket Pod 28 Mk-20 Rockeye Mk-77 Napalm 28 Mk-81 (250 lbs) 28 Mk-82 Snakeye 13 Mk-83 (1,000 lbs) 5 Mk-84 (2,000 lbs) 20 Mk-117 (750 lbs) 28 CBU-78 GBU-10E Laser Guided Bomb GBU-12D Laser Guided Bomb GBU-16B Laser Guided Bomb AGM-123A Skipper II AGM-45 Shrike AGM-62 Walleyes AIM-9 Sidewinders System Weapon Improvement Program, SWIP AGM-88 HARMs AGM-84E SLAMs AGM-65 Maverick Anti-Ship Missile AIM-120A AMRAAM Service Life First Flight: April 19, 1960 (A-6A) February 27, 1970 (A-6E) 1963 (EA-6A) May 25, 1968 (EA-6B) End of Service: December 19, 1996 Number Built: A-6A (482) + 154 others [~636 total] <!--END SPECIFICATIONS--> <!--BEGIN ACHIEVEMENTS--> A-6 Intruder Achievements The A-6's all-weather capability, long range, and tremendous payload represented a quantum leap in carrier-based power projection <!--END ACHIEVEMENTS--> <!--BEGIN FEATURES--> A-6 Intruder Features The A-6 was the U.S. Navy's all-weather long-range attack aircraft with the ability to operate day or night. It was a subsonic, two seat aircraft fitted with the ability to carry up to 15,000 lb or numerous types of munitions. Later A-6E's were fitted with the Target Recognition and Attack Multisensor (TRAM), which included Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) for precision-guided munitions. Over 660 A-6 aircraft were built.Summary Copyright © Charles M (JetWhiz) <!--END FEATURES--> <!--BEGIN BACKGROUND--> A-6 Intruder Background In December 1957, the Grumman corporation was selected by the US Navy to fulfill the new long-range low-level tactical strike aircraft requirement with their A-6 Intruder. The A-6A's first flight occurred on April 19, 1960, and the first of 482 production aircraft were delivered in February 1963. The A-6A introduced the new Digital Integrated Attack Navigation Equipment (DIANE), which proved to be excellent in all weather conditions. In all, 19 A-6B's were converted from A-6A standard for SAM suppression, and 12 A-6C's were converted with FLIR and LLLTV equipment for improved night-attack capabilities. The upgraded A-6E first flew on February 27, 1970 and introduced a multi-mode navigation/attack radar system. The A-6 was later replaced by the F/A-18 Hornet.Summary Copyright © Charles M (JetWhiz) <!--END BACKGROUND-->
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