Boeing Rolls Out First EA-18G Growler
04 Aug 2006
On August 3rd, 2006, Boeing rolled out the first EA-18G Growler at its St. Louis facilities. A derivative of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet, the EA-18G's design enables warfighters to perform an array of airborne electronic attack (AEA) missions, operating from either the deck of an aircraft carrier or land-based fields. The EA-18G integrates the capabilities of the most advanced AEA system, designed and produced by the Northrop Grumman Corporation, which recently completed tests on the EA-6B, with the advanced weapons, sensors and communications systems found on the Super Hornet.
The U.S. Navy selected the EA-18G to replace the current AEA platform, the EA-6B Prowler, which has been in service since 1971. Boeing received the EA-18G Systems Development and Demonstration phase contract on Dec. 29, 2003. The aircraft's first flight is planned for later this month, several weeks ahead of the originally scheduled date. EA-18G flight testing will take place at the Navy's Patuxent River, Md. and China Lake, Calif., test sites through 2008.
The System Design, Development and Demonstration program concludes with an Initial Operational Capability in 2009.