Australia's first foreign customer to acquire an EA-18G Growler


Boeing and the US Navy today provided advanced electronic attack air (AEA) capability to a key US ally by unveiling the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) first EA-18G Growler. Australia is the first country outside the US to get the aircraft.

"The Growlers complete our existing and future fighter capability. We will be far more lethal with advanced electronic attack capability," said Marshal Geoff Brown, former head of RAAF. "In many respects, it's the last piece of the RAAF puzzle."

Derived from the F / A-18 Super Hornet, the EA-18G is the only aircraft in production to provide tactical interference and electronic protection. Growlers are added to the current RAAF fleet - which already includes 24 Super Hornet - and anticipate the 'Jericho Plan' an initiative to transform RAAF into an integrated force that can be interfaced in all operating environments.

In June, 2014, Boeing won a contract for 12 Growler with RAAF under a military sales agreement abroad with the US Navy.

Source / photo: Boeing