Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, welcomed the arrival of the Growler at the 2017 Avalon International Airshow

28 Feb 2017

The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an ‘Airborne Electronic Attack’ aircraft. In this role, the Growler has systems to enable its crew to disrupt other aircraft and military electronic systems. Then Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, accepted the first Growler for the RAAF in July 2015. RAAF crews initially familiarised themselves with the Growler flying alongside their United States Navy counterparts, with the Australian Growlers based in the USA.

The first Growlers to arrive in Australia were displayed at the 2017 Avalon International Airshow and are flown by No 6 Squadron out of RAAF Base Amberley, in South East Queensland.

The EA-18G Growler is often compared with the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet, given their very similar external appearances, however, their roles are significantly different.

To learn more, download this extract from Aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force by David Richardson and Peter Wood.

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