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.

Currently 12 EA-18G Growlers are based at RAAF Base Amberley and operate in conjunction with our air, land and sea forces. This capability reduces risk to our forces and improves their situational awareness and provides a complementary capability to the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the future F-35A Lighting II aircraft.

EA-18G Growler aircraft are able to support the full spectrum of Defence tasks, from peacetime evacuations to major conflicts. They are 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 them to jam enemy systems.  

The 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.

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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
  • AGM-88 Anti-Radiation Missiles
  • AIM-120 Air-to-air missiles
  • AIM-9X “Sidewinder” Short Range Air-to-Air Missile