The Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft has entered operational servcie with the U.S. Navy. It is replacing the Navy’s current AEA platform, the EA-6B Prowler built by Northrop Grumman, which has been in service since 1971.
A derivative of the two-seat F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet, the EA-18G is the only air combat platform currenlty in servcie that delivers full-spectrum Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) capabilities along with the targeting and self-defense capabilities derived from the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet.
Growlers will be operating from the deck of aircraft carriers as well as from land-based airfields. The EA-18G joined the Navy’s aircraft fleet in 2008, when it was introduced to fleet training squadron VAQ-129.
Boeing, acting as the weapon system integrator and prime contractor, leads the EA-18G Growler industry team, which also includes Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and General Electric Aircraft Engines.