The EA-6B Prowler—one of the United States’ oldest warplanes—won’t be around in a few years. But until then, the bulbous, twin-engine jet will spend its time scrambling Islamic State’s radios and cell phones.
Navy Prowlers attached to the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush first jammed Islamic State last year. But the Navy’s EA-6Bs left the area in November as the Bush returned home.
Now the Marine Corps is flying the EA-6B over Iraq from an undisclosed air base, officials with the Marines’ Middle East headquarters tell War Is Boring.
Co-author Spill has been spending a lot of time studying Electronic Warfare lately. One of the interesting concepts emerging in the EW community today is the use of assets such as the EA-6B and EF-18G (and AESA radars such as the F-35’s) for network intrusion and disruption. That is, can a jammer actually attack the internet? I can see the means of disruption on telecom portions of it, but what about actually attacking the codes and packets? I don’t know. But I’ll bet people are trying to figure out a way.