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EA-18G Growler  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): September 2009
Maiden Flight: October 2004
Total Production: 170
Unitary Cost: USD$98 million
Total Cost: USD$11 billion
Also Known As: AEA-18G
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing*, GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: F/A-18 Hornet
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 2,331
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 Block III Super Hornet, F/A-18E Super Hornet, F/A-18F Block III Super Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet and F/A-18XT Advanced 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.

EA-18G Growler Applications

Fighting Ships CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford CVN 79 John F. Kennedy

EA-18G Growler Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Service Life Flight Hours: 6,000
Height: 4.87 meter (16.0 foot)
Length: 18.5 meter (61 foot)
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)
Empty Weight: 33,094 pound (15.0 ton)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 44,000 pound (19,958 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 29,950 kilogram (66,027 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EA-18G Growler News

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Thursday, April 23, 2020USS Gerald Ford Aircraft Carrier Passes Flight Deck Certification
Tuesday, February 4, 2020US Navy Super Hornet and Growlers Successfully Fly Unmanned Fighter Aircraft
Tuesday, January 28, 2020US Navy to Get Delivery of Mid-Band Next Generation Jammer by 2022
Friday, December 13, 2019US Navy Takes Delivery of 1000th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile
Monday, October 28, 2019Next-Generation Jammer Mid-Band Undergoes Flight Power Generation Test
Monday, August 5, 2019US Navy Takes Delivery of First NGJ-MB Jammer for Testing
Wednesday, November 28, 2018Northrop Grumman Announces Team for Next Generation Jammer-Low Band
Wednesday, October 17, 2018US Navy and Australia to Upgrade EA-18G and EA-6B Electronic Attack Aircraft
Thursday, August 30, 2018US Navy Awards Boeing MQ-25 Contract
Thursday, June 14, 2018US Navy Awards Contract for F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F and EA-18G Aircraft Support

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered in May 2013 (12)
United States of America158
US Navy requirement for 114 aircraft and US Air Force requirement for at least 44 aircraft
Jul 201512344 USAF aircraft and 79 US Navy aircraft
May 2014100
Sep 20098

Grand Total 1702
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