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.
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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