US Navy’s electronic attack aircraft reaches centennial milestone
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.