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Grumman A-6E Intruder Fact Sheet

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Lizard 506 loaded down with a WASEx package 1988

The A-6E Intruder is an all weather, carrier based medium attack bomber. Its mission is to destroy both fixed and moving targets at sea or ashore in all weather conditions day or night. The Intruder was equipped with a micro miniaturized digital computer, a solid state weapons release system, and a single, integrated track and search radar. The target recognition/attack multi-sensor (TRAM) version of the A-6E was introduced to the fleet in 1979. It was equipped with a chin turret containing a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) system and a laser designator and receiver.

The Navy has retired the 35-year-old Intruder not because it is no longer capable, but for budget reasons. The F/A-18 Hornet and F-14 Tomcat will carry on the Navy's attack role until a follow-on aircraft is developed and deployed to replace the Intruder, in the next Century.

The A-6E Intruder has a proud history with service in Vietnam, in Libya, and in Operation Desert Storm. The aircraft is capable of delivering up to twenty eight 500-pound bombs on target. It also has rocket and missile capability. The newest version of the Intruder, is the A-6E TRAM

The A-6E TRAM (Target Recognition/Attack Multisensor) is equipped with a chin turret containing a forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) system and laser designator and receiver

In the early 1990s Intruders were re winged with a composite wing replacement. The new wing replaces an older metal wing that over the years began to show cracks due to age and metal fatigue.

a-6 line drawing top, bottom and front view

Characteristics of the A-6E Intruder

Contractor: Grumman Aerospace Corporation
Crew: Two - a pilot and a bombardier/navigator
Length: 54 feet 8 inches
Wing Span: 53 feet
Height: 15 feet 6 inches
Weight: Take-off max gross: 60,400 pounds
Weight (carrier): Take-off max gross (carrier) 58,600 pounds
Empty weight: 28,000 pounds
Speed: 660 knots
Ceiling: 40,600 feet
Propulsion: Two Pratt and Whitney J52 engines
Armament: Bombs, rockets and air to surface missiles

The Mk GRU7 Ejection seat

Grumman A-6E Armament's

The Grumman Intruder can carry 18,000 lb (8,170 kg) of weapons evenly distributed on five external hardpoints, with options including:

2.75" (70 mm) Rocket Pod
5" (127 mm) Zuni Rocket Pod
Mk-20 Rockeye
Mk-77 Napalm
Mk-81 (250 lb) (113 kg)
Mk-82 (500 lb) Snakeye
Mk-83 (1,000 lb) (454 kg)
Mk-84 (2,000 lb) (907 kg)
Mk-117 (750 lb) (340 kg)
CBU-78 Gator
GBU-10E Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb
GBU-12D Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb
GBU-16B Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb
AIM-9 Sidewinder
AIM-120A AMRAAM
AGM-123A Skipper II
AGM-45 Shrike
AGM-62 Walleye
AGM-65 Maverick
AGM-84D Harpoon
AGM-84E SLAM
AGM-88 HARM
AGM-123 Skipper
B-61 Special Weapon
Various Land mines
Various underwater mines
Various practice bombs [Mk-76, BDU-45, LGTR, etc...]