Australia’s 2nd Fighter Fleet: Super Hornets & Growlers

EA-18G Systems

EA-18G: key systems
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Engines, support, and asstd. items for Australia’s coming EA-18Gs; AGM-154C JSOW test successful.

July 10/17: Australia now operates a full fleet of 12 Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, after the first two units arrived in February. The aircraft will be based at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley. Minister for Defense Marise Payne said that the Growlers “will work with Army and Navy to deliver a networked joint force able to maneuver and fight in the electromagnetic spectrum.” Australia is the only country outside of the US to operate the Growler, and has already conducted successful weapon firings and integration flights with RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and US Navy EA-18G Growlers as part of Operational Test and Evaluation.


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