Air International 2008-02
R.Burgess - Jamming to Save Lives in Iraq and Afghanistan /Military/
An EA-6B assigned to VAQ-135 Black Ravens prepares for recovery on board the USS Nimitz in the Arabian Gulf. In recent years Prowlers have been heavily involved in all the air campaigns undertaken by the US to suppress enemy air defences.
Prowler из авиации ВМС и КМП США в рамках операций "Глобальной войны с терроризмом" выполняли боевые вылеты с авиабазы Аль-Асад (Ирак). Данный самолет принадлежит 141-й эскадрилье РЭБ "Shadowhawks" авиации ВМС США, он готовится к вылету с этой авиабазы 14 ноября 2005 года
Prowlers are still saving lives, though they are now protecting ground forces rather than airmen. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the aircraft is currently used to jam the radio signals transmitted by enemy forces to detonate improvised explosive devices. The EA-6B is also to receive the Litening AT electro-optical pod, which will allow Prowler crews to search visually for threats on the ground. This aircraft, from VAQ-141 Shadowhawks of Carrier Air Wing Eight, is pictured at Al Asad AB in Iraq on a shore detachment to support Coalition forces.
Three Prowler squadrons in the US Navy are classed as expeditionary units and operate only from land bases. They are manned by a mix of Navy and Air Force aircrew and fly in support of USAF expeditionary wings and other allied air arms. An aircraft from one such squadron, VAQ-133 Wizards, is shown taking off from Incirlik AB, Turkey, in 2002 for a mission to enforce the no-fly zone then in place over northern Iraq.
An EA-6B assigned to VAQ-209 Star Warriors, the only reserve squadron currently operating the Prowler. Since Operation Desert Storm, the unit, based at Naval Air Facility Washington, on Andrews AFB in Maryland, has occasionally deployed for expeditionary and combat operations, including on board carriers.
Increased Capability (ICAP) III is the latest upgrade to the Prowler. Its benefits include the ability to speedily locate an enemy radar, rather than the crew having to triangulate its whereabouts. Pictured is an ICAP III Prowler of VAQ-139 Cougars, the first squadron to receive upgraded aircraft. This variant can be identified by the small antenna that sits on the receiver pod at the top of the tail.
An EA-6B Prowler assigned to VAQ-139 Cougars folds its wings after landing aboard the carrier USS John C Stennis. The pod on the outboard wing station is the ALQ-99, a transmitter for jamming radar signals that suppress enemy air defences or command signals to detonate IEDs. Prowlers normally carry three pods during electronic attack missions.
Prowlers equip four squadrons with the US Marine Corps and share duties with the US Navy VAQ units, though they do not deploy on carriers. This aircraft, of VMAQ-3 Moon Dogs, is carrying an AGM-88 HARM missile which would be used to attack surface-to-air missile guidance radars.
A Prowler from VAQ-136 Gauntlets launches off the USS Kitty Hawk. This EA-6B unit is the only one permanently based overseas as it is part of CVW-5 which operates from NAF Atsugi in Japan when not on board the aforementioned carrier. The air wing is located in Japan so it can be close to the Kitty Hawk which is home-ported in the same country.
An electronic countermeasures officer assigned to VAQ-209 Star Warriors operates the electronic attack systems in the right-hand rear seat of an ICAP II Block 89A EA-6B Prowler. His right index finger is shown working the cursor control of the digital display indicator, which provides tactical information for the operator.
Этот выполняющий испытательный полет EA-18G оснащен новейшим электронным оборудованием АЕА для ведения радиоразведки, подавления средств радиосвязи и радиолокации противника.
Boeing EA-18G Growler 166855 'NJ-551', the first production aircraft, which already carries the markings of VAQ-129, was handed over to the US Navy on September 24, 2007.
US Navy Prowlers are to be replaced by the electronic attack version of the Super Hornet - the EA-18G Growler. The new type uses electronic warfare systems based on the ICAP III version of the EA-6B and will start to be assigned to fleet VAQ squadrons from 2009.