A-6 Intruder

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The Grumman A-6 Intruder was an American, twinjet all-weather attack aircraft built by Grumman Aerospace. In service with the United States Navy and Marine Corps between 1963 and 1997, the Intruder was designed as an all-weather medium attack aircraft to replace the piston-engined Douglas A-1 Skyraider. [1]
The Navy's experience in the Korean War showed the need for a new long-range strike aircraft with high subsonic performance at very low altitude--an aircraft that could penetrate enemy defenses and find and destroy small targets in any weather. The Grumman A-6 Intruder was designed with these needs in mind.[2]
A6A Intruder of VA-85 on board USS Kitty Hawk, Gulf of Tonkin, 1966

VA-85 A6A Flight Line NAS Cubi Point, PI. 1967

A6A Cockpit: Pilot. Port, Bombardier/Navigator, Starboard
Specifications: A6A[3]
Length 54 feet 7 inches (16.1 meters)
Height 15 feet 7 inches (4.74 meters)
Wingspan 53 feet (16.1 meters)
Max Speed 648 miles per hour (1036 km/h)
Ceiling 40,600 feet (12,374 m)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 60,626 pounds (27,524 kg)
Range 1,077 miles (1,733 km) – full combat load
Powerplant Two Pratt & Whitney J52-P8B engines (9,300 pounds thrust each)
Crew 2 (Side by Side Seating, Pilot and Bombardier/Navigator)
10 2.75″ Rocket Pod
10 5″ Zuni Rocket Pod
28 Mk-20 Rockeye
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
Mk-77 Napalm
AIM-9 Sidewinder
The A6B received specialized equipment to detect and track enemy radar sites and to guide AGM-45 Shrike and AGM-78 Standard anti-radiation missiles, with AN/APQ-103 radar replacing earlier AN/APQ-92 used in the A-6A, plus AN/APN-153 navigational radar replacing earlier AN/APN-122, again used in the A-6A.
The A6C was fitted with a "Trails/Roads Interdiction Multi-sensor" (TRIM) pod in the fuselage for FLIR and low-light TV cameras, as well as a "Black Crow" engine ignition detection system. Radars were also upgraded, with AN/APQ-112 replacing earlier AN/APQ-103 in A-6B, and AN/APN-186 navigational radar replacing earlier AN/APN-153 in earlier A-6B. A vastly improved Sperry Corporation AN/APQ-127 radar replaced earlier AN/APG-46 fire control radar in A-6A
The KA-6D replaced both the KA-3B and EA-3B Skywarrior. During the early 1970s, 78 A-6As and 12 A-6Es were converted for use as tanker aircraft, providing aerial refueling support to other strike aircraft
The A6E was equipped with a microminiaturized 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. Composite wing replacement and systems/weapons improvement programs (SWIP) maintained full A-6E combat systems capability for the A6E[4]
Attack Squadron 85

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  1. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=A6+Intruder
  2. https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/grumman-6e-intruder.
  3. Military Machine, Grumman A-6 Intruder, Jan 01, 2019, Colin Ritsick
  4. FAS Military Analysis Network

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