Boeing Flies EA-18G Wingtip and Jamming Pods
13 Jun 2006
On May 30th, 2006, the Boeing EA-18G program test team first flew a modified F/A-18F equipped with wingtip antenna and high- and low-band jamming pods for the first time. The flight was part of ongoing flying qualities and carrier suitability testing to validate the EA-18G's shipboard effectiveness. The EA-18G Growler is a dedicated electronic warfare derivative of the F/A-18F Super Hornet to replace the EA-6B Prowler currently in service.
The three-month carrier suitability tests, flown by U.S. Navy pilots,
consist of 25 flights to measure the aircraft performance and loads in a variety of takeoff and landing situations. The EA-18G testing will allow for higher landing weights than the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to provide greater flexibility in the return of high-value jamming pods plus other weapons and stores.
The EA-18G Growler program is lead by Boeing, acting as the weapon system integrator and prime contractor. Northrop Grumman is the principal subcontractor and airborne electronic attack subsystem integrator. The System Design and Development program concludes with an Initial Operational Capability in 2009.