Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
EA-18G Growler

The EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack aircraft capable of providing force level electronic warfare support by disrupting, deceiving or denying a broad range of military electronic systems, including radars and communications.

The 12 EA-18G Growlers will be based at RAAF Base Amberley and will operate in conjunction with our air, land and sea forces. The capability will reduce the risk to our forces and improve their situational awareness.

The aircraft will be able to support the full spectrum of Defence tasks, from peacetime evacuations to major conflicts. The aircraft is based on the F/A-18F Super Hornet airframe and fitted with additional avionics, enhanced radio frequency receivers, an improved communications suite and ALQ radio-frequency jamming pods which enable it to jam enemy systems. It will provide a complementary capability to the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the future F-35A Lighting II aircraft.

The $1.5 billion EA-18G Growler purchase includes the aircraft, required mission and support systems, training, and ongoing support to effectively develop and operate a Growler capability. Defence plans to achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2018.

General characteristics:


EA-18G Growler


Communication Countermeasures Set (CCS)
- Smaller and more capable than USQ-113 with expandable infrastructure.
- Transmit function through low-band ALQ-99 jammer pod.

INterference CANcellation System (INCANS)
- Provides UHF communications capability during ALQ-99 jamming.
- Significant communication and situational awareness improvement.


* Images courtesy Boeing, for illustration purposes only.

For more information please follow these links:

Defence media release: http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2013/05/03/prime-minister-and-minister-for-defence-joint-media-release-2013-defence-white-paper-air-combat-capability/

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Boeing: http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/military/ea18g/index.html

Crew Pilot, electronic warfare officer
Length 18.3 m
Height 4.9 m
Wing span 13.7 m
Weight 15,011 kg (empty)
Engines Two F414-GE-400 engines
Thrust 44,000 lbs
Range 1,570 km (fully armed with external fuel tanks)
Ceiling 50,000 feet
Max Speed 1,960 km/h (Mach 1.6)
Capacity ALQ-99 Low and High band jamming pods, Electro-magnetic spectrum dominance, Enhanced Situational Awareness and Networking
Weapons
  • AGM-88 Anti-Radiation Missiles
  • AIM-120 Air-to-air missiles
  • AIM-9X “Sidewinder” Short Range Air-to-Air Missile