In 2008, the US Navy will warmly welcome the newest addition to their naval defense force, the EA-18G Growler. Replacing the Navy’s current airborne electronic attack aircraft, the EA-6B Prowler, which has been in use since 1971, the EA-18G Growler uses breakthrough design and technology to serve our warfighters today. Using a F/A-18F airframe, the EA-18G Growler will provide a wide range of capabilities including the ability to operate from multiple platforms from on deck of an aircraft carrier to land-based fields.
The EA-18G will be 90 percent identical, in parts, to the Super Hornet. This $66 million-unit surpasses its predecessor by reducing its operational crew by half, with speeds reaching Mach 1.8 (the 40-year-old Prowler flew at 0.72 Mach) and it’ll have the ability to carry and deliver offensive weapons.
In 2008, the US Navy will warmly welcome the newest addition to their naval defense…
by Matt Berger / Feb 1, 2008