Called Growler Ball 2019, the video in this post is the latest and greatest footage of the EA-18G Growler from all around the world.
Called Growler Ball 2019, the following video is the latest and greatest footage of the EA-18G Growler from all around the world, featuring the US Navy’s numerous VAQ squadrons and the US Air Force’s 390th Electronic Combat Squadron stationed in Whidbey Island, WA and Iwakuni, Japan–as well as the No. 6 Squadron in the Royal Australian Air Force in Queensland, Australia.
VAQ-135 Black Ravens
VAQ-142 Gray Wolves
Royal Australian Air Force
The EA-18G Growler is the U.S. Navy replacement for the EA-6B Prowler. In June 2014, Boeing was awarded a contract for 12 Growlers to be acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force under a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the U.S. Navy. Australia is the first country to be offered this level of AEA technology by the United States, which will give the RAAF unmatched electronic awareness and attack capabilities. Australia is the first country ever to be offered this level of Airborne Electronic Attack technology by the United States.
The EA-18G Growler is the most advanced airborne electronic attack (AEA) platform and is the only one in production today. A variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet, the Growler provides tactical jamming and electronic protection to U.S. military forces and allies around the world. Industry and the U.S. Navy continue to invest in advanced Growler capabilities to ensure it continues to protect all strike aircraft during high-threat missions for decades to come.
The EA-18G Growler capabilities include:
- Provides critical electronic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data to other joint force aircraft
- Brings fighter aircraft speed and maneuverability to an electronic attack aircraft
- The ability to self protect against adversarial aircraft using its AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles
- Enhanced radar image resolution, targeting and tracking range through its APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system
- Uninterrupted radio communications in a heavily jammed environment using its Interference Cancellation System
- Unequaled aircrew situational awareness and head-up control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors using its Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System
- The ability to locate, record, play back and digitally jam enemy communications over a broad frequency range using its ALQ-227 Communications Countermeasures Set
- Provides advanced survivability and electronic protection for ground, air and maritime combat forces
- High reliability and lower operating costs