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EA-18G Growler  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): September 2009
Maiden Flight: October 2004
Total Production: 126
Unitary Cost: USD$98 million
Total Cost: USD$11 billion
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing*, General Electric Aviation, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: F/A-18 Hornet
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 2,181
Total Cost: USD$100 billion
Family Members: F/A-18A Hornet, F/A-18B Hornet, F/A-18C Hornet, F/A-18D Hornet, F/A-18E Super Hornet and F/A-18F Super Hornet
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Description: The twin-engine, carrier-based, supersonic F/A-18 Hornet was designed in the late 1970s and early 1980s to meet the US Navy requirements for an all-weather fighter and attack aircraft. This aircraft is able to perform an air strike mission deep inside enemy territory providing itself self-defense capability even beyond the visual range. It is also able to perform close air support missions. In its fighter role, the F/A-18 Hornet supplements the proven F-14 Tomcat in fleet air defense missions. The Hornet/Super Hornet multi-role aircraft is in service with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the US Navy, and the Air Forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland. More than 2,000 F/A-18s from the A, B, C, D, E, F and G models have been produced so far.
The Hornet was deployed in early 1980s replacing the F-4 Phantom II and A-7 Corsair II, and the A-6E Intruder in the 1990s. The F/A-18 demonstrated its capabilities during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, shooting down enemy aircraft and performing precision air strikes during the same mission with unprecedented tactical aircraft levels of reliability, availability and maintainability. The US Navy and the USMC F/A-18s played an important role in the military campaigns over the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq in late 1990s and early 2000s. The Super Hornet introduced in the 2000s is a new generation of this aircraft incorporating the latest stealth and information technologies and are intended to serve until 2040.
The EA-18G Growler is a derivative of the proven two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet being developed by the Boeing corporation to meet the US Navy requirements for EA-6B Prowler replacement in the 2009 timeframe. The EA-18G program was valued at $8.66 billion including developmental costs (2005 estimate). The EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft carries up to five ALQ-99, two AIM-120C AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, two AGM-88 HARM missiles, and the AN/ALQ-218(V)2 electronic warfare receiver suite.
In December 2003, the US Navy awarded Boeing a $1 billion contract for EA-18G System Development and Demonstration (SDD) allowing for an initial operational capability (IOC) by 2009. Up to 90 aircraft will be procured by the US Navy to replace EA-6B Prowler fleet by 2012. On March 18, 2005, Northrop-Grumman announced that the first fuselage section was completed marking an important milestone for the EA-18G electronic attack aircraft program. In early 2010 the program scope increased from 85 to 114 aircraft.

F/A-18 Hornet Orders

EA-18G Growler

F/A-18 Hornet items 1992-2014

View full report Chart includes F/A-18E Super Hornet (422), F/A-18F Super Hornet (185), EA-18G Growler (151), F/A-18C Hornet (137), F/A-18A Hornet (24), F/A-18D Hornet (15)
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EA-18G Growler Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4.87 meter (16.0 foot)
Length: 18.5 meter (61 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.7 meter (45 foot)
Ceiling: 50,000 foot (15,240 meter)
Max Range: 850 nautical mile (978 mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 630 mps (2,269 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 44,000 pound (19,958 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 29,950 kilogram (66,027 pound)
Min Weight: 33,094 pound (15,011 kilogram)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EA-18G Growler News

There are 56 news between
5 Sep 2003 and 30 Dec 2014
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014US Navy Awards General Electric Contract for F414 Engine Support
Wednesday, November 19, 2014Boeing Awarded Modification Contract for 21 Lot 38 EA-18G Aircraft
Monday, June 30, 2014US Navy Awards Contract for 11 F/A-18E and 33 EA-18G Aircraft
Monday, May 5, 2014US Navy Takes Delivery of 100th EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack Aircraft
Tuesday, February 18, 2014US Navy Tests Infrared Search and Track on Super Hornet
Monday, January 27, 2014US Navy Confirms its Selection of Raytheon for Next Generation Jammer Electronic Warfare Program
Thursday, August 8, 2013EA-18G Demonstrates New Targeting and Data Systems
Tuesday, July 9, 2013US Navy Selects Raytheon for the Development of the EA-18G Next Generation Jammer
Thursday, February 28, 2013FMS: Australia Wants 12 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and 12 EA-18G Growler Aircraft
Tuesday, December 4, 2012US Navy Exercises Contract Option for 52 F414 Engines

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered in May 2013 (12)
United States of America114
May 2014100
Sep 20098

Grand Total 1262
Air-to-Air Missiles
Aircraft Protection Systems
AN/ALQ-99F(V) Tactical Jamming System Podsx5
Next Generation Jammerx5
Aircraft Warners & Sensors
Anti-Radiation Missiles
Display & Network Systems
Fighter Aircraft Engines
Guns, Riffles & Grenade Launchers
Helicopter Protection Systems

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