Boeing has introduced the EA-18 Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft, which is the first of 12 for Australia under a US $2.2 billion acquisition program.
It is the 116th Growler that the company is delivering. The aircraft performed its first flight on July 13, the company announced Wednesday.
Further, the second Australian aircraft is due to be delivered in next month. The first two aircraft will initially be used to certify Australian-specific software with the US Navy at Patuxent River, Maryland, and China Lake, California.
Australia’s Growlers will carry Raytheon Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLR) pods and AIM-9X Sidewinders. These capabilities were equipped because the US Growler’s operational experience in Libya as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn, Air Marshal Brown said.
“With the Growler capability we really have a full-spectrum force. In many respects it’s the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle for us.” Brown added.
The deliveries to Australia will start in 2017 and Initial Operational Capability will follow in 2018.
Boeing's F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager Dan Gillian said that the Super Hornet/Growler production line will close at the end of 2017 and is currently reducing the build rate from four aircraft to three aircraft per month.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on Tuesday has approved $1.5 billion contract to provide maintenance services, spare parts and logistics for Australian Air Force Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighter jets
Northrop Grumman has delivered a subassembly of the first of 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to Boeing. It was ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the company announced in its press release Thursday
Boeing and the U.S
Boeing has been awarded a $22 million worth contract to provide engineering services in support of F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia. The Department of defense announced Friday that under the awarded contract, Boeing will procure “the non-recurring engineering required for the redesign of the Data Bus Interface Unit and the Deployable Flight Incident Recorder of the Deployable Flight Incident Recording Set (DFIRS) in support of F/A-18 A-F and EA-18G aircraft”
The US Navy and Boeing recently demonstrated new targeting technologies that greatly enhance aircrew safety and effectiveness through the rapid integration and distribution of target information across multiple aircraft. Utilizing an advanced targeting processor, an open architecture, high-bandwidth data link, and a Windows-based tablet integrated with the mission system, the demonstration proved that Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft can detect targets over longer distances and share information more rapidly than ever before
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