Three Boeing EA-18G Growlers belonging to the US Navy touched down at RAAF Amberly this week for a three week joint exercise focusing on airborne electronic attack integration. RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets are taking part in the exercises alongside the Growlers, an electronic warfare variant of the Super Hornet.
Australia announced plans in August to move ahead with Growler conversions on 12 of the RAAF’s 24 Super Hornets. The first of the RAAF’s Growlers aren’t expected to be available for operations until 2018.
The visiting American EA-18Gs, part of the Navy’s Washington state-based Electronic Attack Squadron 132, are serving a six month deployment at Naval Air Facility Misawa in Japan in support of the US 7th Fleet.