EA-18G Growler

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic attack aircraft. It is capable of disrupting, deceiving or denying a broad range of military electronic systems, including radars and communications.

12 EA-18G Growlers will be based at RAAF Base Amberley and operate in conjunction with our air, land and sea forces. Defence plans to achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2018.

Growlers help to reduce the risk to our forces and improve their situational awareness. It can support a wide range of Defence tasks, from peacetime evacuations to major conflicts.

About the Aircraft

The Growler is based on the F/A-18F Super Hornet airframe, and is 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.

The purchase of the EA-18G Growler includes the aircraft, required mission and support systems, training, and ongoing support to effectively develop and operate a Growler capability.

It will provide a complementary capability to the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the future F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

Specifications

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