EA-18G Growler

EA-18G Growler

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare capability that has the ability to disrupt or jam a range of military electronics systems, including radars and communications systems.

The Growler will operate in conjunction with our air, land and sea forces. It will improve situational awareness and protect our forces by providing the ability to deny or disrupt an adversary’s use of the electromagnetic spectrum and hence, their electronic systems.

It will be able to support the full spectrum of Defence tasks, from evacuations to major conflicts.

Planned for RAAF Base Amberley, the 12 EA-18G Growlers will complement the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the future F-35A (Joint Strike Fighter).

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 Electro-magnetic spectrum dominance, enhanced situational awareness and networking
  • ALQ-99 Low and high band jamming pods
  • AGM-88 Anti-Radiation Missiles
  • AIM-120 Air-to-air missiles