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EA-18G Growler
« on: January 02, 2017, 11:38:58 PM »
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The EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft which operates from either an aircraft carrier or from land-bases. The Growler has been developed as a replacement for the United States Navy EA-6B Prowler aircraft which entered service in 1971 and is approaching the end of operational life.

The Growler is a derivative of the combat-proven two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, the US Navy's maritime strike aircraft. The aircraft missions are mainly electronic attack (EA) and suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD), particularly at the start and on-going early stages of hostilities.

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Re: EA-18G Growler
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2017, 11:45:09 PM »
Boeing Receives US Navy Contract for Next Generation Jammer Integration on EA-18G Growler | Navy Recognition - 02 January 2017
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Raytheon's Next Generation Jammer solution was selected by the U.S. Navy in 2013 to replace the legacy ALQ-99 systems used on the EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft. In 2016, the U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $1B Next Generation Jammer Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract.

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Raytheon's Next Generation Jammer solution was selected by the U.S. Navy in 2013 to replace the legacy ALQ-99 systems used on the EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft. In 2016, the U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $1B Next Generation Jammer Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract.


The schematic above highlights an EA-18G Growler flying with Next Generation Jammers, fully loaded with preprogrammed electronic warfare measures developed at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Point Mugu. (U.S. Navy illustration)
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Next Generation Jammer model showcased by Raytheon during Paris Air Show 2015


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Re: EA-18G Growler
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 02:19:08 AM »
Boeing sets out upgrade ambitions for Super Hornet, Growler platforms | IHS Jane's 360 - 18 May 2017
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With a programme of record of 568 Super Hornet strike fighters and 160 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare (EW) aircraft, Boeing is rolling out new airframes at a rate of about two per month. Having revealed its Advanced Super Hornet concept in 2013, the company is now focused on the follow-on Block 3 configuration that will be the new baseline model for all aircraft built from 2020.

Included in Block 3 are upgrades to the Raytheon AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar; an Elbit Systems large area display (LAD) 'glass' cockpit and next-generation avionics; an infrared search and track (IRST); 'shoulder-mounted' conformal fuel tanks (CFTs); Integrated Defensive Electronic Counter Measures (IDECM); and new General Electric F-414-400 enhanced engines.

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Re: EA-18G Growler
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2017, 01:37:19 PM »
RAAF receives full complement of Growlers | IHS Jane's 360 - 07 July 2017
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The final aircraft arrived at RAAF Amberley in Queensland on 5 July, some four months after the first aircraft were showcased in late February at the Avalon Airshow 2017.

With all the Growlers now delivered, the RAAF will formally stand-up the type in 2018, with full operating capability following in 2022. These platforms will later be supplemented by five modified Gulfstream G550s that will provide a long-range EA support capability.

The RAAF's Growler programme dates to May 2013, at which time the government announced the AUD1.5-billion (USD1.14 billion) procurement effort. The contract was placed the following year, with the first flight of an Australian Growler taking place in July 2015. RAAF crews have been training alongside US Navy (USN) personnel at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state since 2013.


One of the first RAAF Growlers to be delivered seen at the Avalon Airshow in late February. The service now has all 12 aircraft in its inventory. Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings

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Re: EA-18G Growler
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2018, 06:13:45 AM »
L3, Northrop Grumman receive NGJ low-band technology contracts | Janes - 29 October 2018
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L3 Technologies and Northrop Grumman have each received contracts to explore technology options for the low band increment of the US Navy’s (USN’s) AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) programme.

The 20-month Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) contract awards, announced on 25 October, follow the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO’s) denial of a protest by Raytheon.

Being procured incrementally, the overarching NGJ programme is intended to augment and progressively replace the AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) that currently equips the USN’s EA-18G airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft. The Next Generation Jammer-Low Band (NGJ-LB) pod, which will be fitted on the aircraft’s centre-line hardpoint (Station 6), forms Increment 2 of the programme.


The NGJ low-band programme is intended to replace the legacy AN/ALQ-99 low-band pod (seen here on the EA-18G Growler centre-line hardpoint). Source: Jamie Hunter/AVIACOM

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Re: EA-18G Growler
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2019, 02:27:16 PM »
https://www.janes.com/article/88159/australia-s-ea-18g-electronic-attack-capability-achieves-ioc

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Australia’s EA-18G electronic attack capability achieves IOC'
29 April 2019

Attaining IOC confirms the RAAF 6 Squadron's ability to conduct limited force-level airborne electronic warfare (EW) for peacetime national tasking or limited low-level conflicts in the region. In this context, force-level EW involves moving well beyond simple self-protection of the host platform to the attack or defence of major assets or formations.

An interim benchmark scheduled for mid-2021 envisages the EA-18G's capability developed so it can be taken into more contested conflicts and conduct operations at higher sortie rates in a single location, Group Captain Tim Churchill, Director of the Growler Transition Office, told Jane's . Final Operational Capability (FOC), anticipated in mid-2022, will confirm the ability to undertake the same high operational tempo simultaneously in two locations.

The first two of 12 EA-18Gs landed at RAAF Amberley in Queensland in February 2017 and the final two arrived five months later. However, one aircraft was destroyed after a catastrophic engine failure while on exercises in the US in January 2018.

Australia is the only country outside the US to operate the Growler. Along with the US Navy (USN) Growler force, the RAAF's EA-18Gs utilises the AN/ALQ-99 tactical jamming system. Uniquely, Australian EA-18Gs also deploy the ASQ-228 ATFLIR electro-optical targeting pod, a requirement understood to have emerged from USN experience with Growler operations over Libya in 2011.


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Re: EA-18G Growler
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2019, 03:27:10 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/88961/usn-launches-next-gen-jammer-low-band-integration-on-growler

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USN launches Next-Gen Jammer Low-Band integration on Growler
31 May 2019

The RFI released by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is for the development, test, and integration of NGJ-LB onto the EA-18G as part of the wider Growler Block 2 upgrade that it formally launched just days previously. The NGJ system will replace the current AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) that dates back to the closing stages of the Vietnam War.

With the TJS operating in the 509 MHz- to 18 GHz-waveband, NGJ will be developed as three separate capabilities, which will include LB, Mid-Band (MB), and High-Band (HB). NGJ-LB (also known as Block/Increment 2), NGJ-MB (Block/Increment 1), and NGJ-HB (Block/Increment 3) are directed specifically against the low- (100 MHz to 2 GHz waveband), mid- (2 GHz to 6 GHz), and high-band (6 GHz to 18 GHz) sections of the overall threat spectrum.

Work on NGJ-LB development, test, and integration is expected to run for five years from 2 December. Northrop Grumman is teamed with Harris Corporation and Comtech PST on the NGJ-LB project, while L3 Technologies is also developing a candidate solution.


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Re: EA-18G Growler
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2020, 05:22:40 AM »
Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growlers to get even better capabilities | Air Recognition - 10 August 2020
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The Next Generation Jammer - Low Band counters low-frequency adversary systems, increasing survivability and lethality of 4th and 5th generation platforms and enables all-domain access for the joint force by supporting electromagnetic spectrum dominance.

11 EA-18G Growlers are operated by No. 6 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley and operate in conjunction with our air, land and sea forces. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was declared in April 2019.


A Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler. (Picture source: Royal Australian Air Force)