US Navy’s elec­tronic at­tack air­craft reaches cen­ten­nial mile­stone

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Boe­ing de­liv­ered the 100th EA-18G Growler to the US Navy, mark­ing a ma­jor mile­stone in the pro­gramme that has trans­formed air­borne elec­tronic war­fare ca­pa­bil­ity for the US and its al­lies.

A de­riv­a­tive of the F/A-18F Su­per Hor­net, the Growler is the only air­craft in pro­duc­tion that pro­vides tac­ti­cal jam­ming and elec­tronic pro­tec­tion for US and al­lied forces. Growlers pro­vide a unique ca­pa­bil­ity to nearly all US com­bat mis­sions and are ex­pected to be in ser­vice un­til at least 2040.

“Given the threat en­vi­ron­ment we are mov­ing into, the Growler will play a ma­jor role in iden­ti­fy­ing, track­ing, tar­get­ing and po­ten­tially fir­ing upon the en­emy,” said Capt. Frank Mor­ley, US Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G Pro­gram Man­ager.

The US Navy has 22 Growlers on its un­funded pri­or­i­ties list for the 2015 fis­cal year budget. Cur­rent or­ders take Growler and Su­per Hor­net pro­duc­tion through the end of 2016.

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