US Mapping Out EA-18G Growler Development, Upgrades

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EA-18G Prototype(click to view full) Aviation Week’s Aerospace Daily reports that the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G electronic attack aircraft program is considering pursuing a next-generation jammer and other upgrades that could be fielded on the Super Hornet derivative after it enters service in a few years. Meanwhile, Boeing is starting to survey future users of the EA-18G “Growlers” to find out what upgrades they might like to see after the US Navy starts fielding the Super Hornet derivative in 2009. While the AN/ALQ-99 radar jamming pod has received positive reviews and will initially equip the EA-18G, the US Navy’s EA-18G program manager says that it might eventually have to be replaced. The program is also exploring adding weapons and replacing the satellite communications receiver, as part of the FY 2008 budget planning process. EA-6B Prowler The EA-18G is based on Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet multi-role fighter (which traces its history from the McDonnell Douglas F-18 and the Northrop YF-17), just as its predecessor the EA-6B was based on Grumman’s A-6 Intruder attack aircraft. With the retirement of the US Air Force’s swing-wing EF-111 Raven “Spark Vark,” the aging EA-6B Prowlers are now the USA’s sole remaining tactical aircraft type for radar […]

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