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EA-18G Growler

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic attack aircraft developed by Boeing as the successor for the current US Navy EA-6 Prowler fleet. The EA-18 was developed on the basics of the F/A-18F Super Hornet. The first aircraft have already been delivered to the USN and were tested by VAQ-132 squadron. The USN has planned to purchase 22 Growlers in 2009.
In april 2008, Australia reported it would like to purchase the Growler. However, it is forbidden to export the Growler to foreign users (just as the the EA-6B Prowler).


Design organisation Boeing
Main secundary design organisations GE
Production organisaton Boeing
Primary task Airborne electronic attack
Type aircraft 4th generation fighter jet
Length 18.5 meters
Height 4.87 meters
Wingspan 13.68 meters
Wing surface  
Aspect ratio  
Sweep back  
Engines 2 F414-GE-400 turbofan engine with afterburner
Thrust 22,000 pounds each engine
Weight (empty) 15,011 kgs
Weight (start, maximum, MTOW)  
Weight (landing, maximum, MLW)  
Required runway length (start)  
Required runway length (landing)  
Cruise speed  
Maximum speed  
Ceiling 50,000 ft (15,240 meters)
Maximum range  
Fuel capacity 6,323 kgs
Air-to-air-refueling capability Yes
Passengers none
Payload none
Armament Possible combination of:

- AIM-120
- AN/ALQ-99 jamming system
- AN/ALQ-227 communication countermeasure
- 480 gallon external fuel tanks
Maximum weapon load  
Maximum G resistance  
Radar APG-79 (AESA)
Sensors - AN/ALQ-218 Radar Warning Receiver / Electronic Support Measures / Electronic Intelligence (RWR/ESM/ELINT)
Type flight controls  
Landing gear  
Costs 67 million dollar
85 million dollar (FY 2012)
95.3 million dollar (FY 2014)
Overall flight hours  
First flight 2006
First delivery  
Operational since September 2009
Successor of EA-6 Prowler
Replaced by n.a.
Comparable aircraft none
Operators (current and future) Australia, United States
Main operators United States Navy
Amphibious usage Yes
Status In production, in operational service


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On November 23 2009, Boeing was approved for Full Rate Production of the EA-18G.
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Last updated: 18 january 2014