The EA-6B Prowler is the primary tactical jamming aircraft of the US Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. After becoming operational in 1971, it soon entered combat in 1972 during the Vietnam War. Since then it has demonstrated its proven battlefield performance in joint strikes on Libyan terrorist-related targets in 1986, Operation DESERT STORM, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Manufactured by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Corporation, the EA-6B Prowler first became operational in 1971 with numerous upgrades in the years that followed. Its mission filled the need for a dedicated Electronic Warfare aircraft to provide an electronic countermeasure curtain for strike aircraft that was survivable in a tactical environment. The aircraft operates from aircraft carriers and from forward land bases.