Northrop Grumman Marks 50 Years of Airborne Electronic Attack Expertise
BETHPAGE, N.Y., April 26, 2013
BETHPAGE, N.Y., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --With the first flight of the
EA-6A on April 26, 1963, Grumman Aerospace, now Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE: NOC), launched its long and successful legacy as a leader in airborne
electronic attack technology. Airborne electronic attack has been a key
component of all military contingency operations, as well as combat operations
including Vietnam, the Cold War, Grenada, Panama, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan
"Northrop Grumman is a leader in airborne electronic attack technology, having
designed, manufactured and delivered the first electronic attack systems more
than five decades ago," said Doug Shaffer, director of information operations
and electronic attack, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "No company can
match the combat-proven airborne electronic attack system design and
development experience of Northrop Grumman."
Shaffer added, "Over the years, Northrop Grumman has refined and expanded
airborne electronic attack capabilities to ensure that our warfighters have
what they need to successfully complete their mission and return home safely
to their families."
The EA-6A "Electric Intruder" was a specialized electronic warfare derivative
of the A-6 "Intruder," developed by Grumman Aerospace for service with the
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Equipped with an AN/ALQ-86 electronic warfare
countermeasure suite, the EA-6A was used by the Marine Corps during the
Vietnam War. The EA-6A was phased out of active duty in the mid-1970s as its
successor, the EA-6B Prowler, a more specialized aircraft, was introduced in
The primary mission of the EA-6B Prowler is to intercept and jam enemy radar
and communications and perform electronic surveillance. It has flown in almost
every U.S. combat operation since being introduced in the 1970s. The most
recent upgrade for the EA-6B, currently being operated by the Marine Corps and
Navy, is the Improved Capability (ICAP) III system, which includes new cockpit
displays, improved systems connectivity and improved system reliability.
In 2009, the U.S. Navy began transitioning from the Prowler to the new EA-18G
Growler, which enables warfighters to perform an array of airborne electronic
attack missions, operating from either the deck of an aircraft carrier or
land-based fields. Featuring a derivative of Northrop Grumman's ICAP III
system, the EA-18G integrates the capabilities of the most advanced airborne
electronic attack system designed and produced by Northrop Grumman.
Additionally, as principal subcontractor to The Boeing Company, Northrop
Grumman designs and produces the E/A-18G entire center/aft fuselages and
center barrel replacement assemblies, integrates all associated subsystems
including the electronic attack capabilities, and conducts after-delivery
In 2010, Northrop Grumman received a U.S. Navy contract to develop and mature
technologies for the Next Generation Jammer airborne electronic attack system.
The Navy's Next Generation Jammer will operate on the EA-18G Growler as the
newest, most advanced electronic attack aircraft in the world. It will provide
U.S. forces with the ability to suppress and defeat enemy integrated air
defense systems as well as disrupt and disable enemy ground-based
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
SOURCE Northrop Grumman Corporation
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