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Inside the Archive: EA-18G Growler

The EA-18G Growler’s range of abilities are so advanced – and, let’s be frank, achingly cool – that it should be on the receiving end of a call up to The Avengers. The boffins call it an “airborne electronic attack” but to you and me that means its role is to fly over enemy bases and jam their defences, paving the way for fighters behind. Naturally, it has air-to-air missiles if things get hairy, too.

The Growler is a variant of the Super Hornet, but it differs in several key areas. Gone is its nose-mounted gun, and in its place, it carries two ALQ-218 tactical jamming receivers (TJR) pods on its wingtips and up to five ALQ-99 jammers on centreline and wing stations. This technology allows it to both shutdown enemy defences if it senses they’re onto it or proactively jam them anyway using its radar. It’s so clever that it can even take out specific frequencies and comms devices only, locating their emitters.

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  • Allan

    says:

    The Growlers bring to the RAAF through their electronic wizardry, The same strategic impact that the much loved pig brought to strike operations.

  • R V Richardson

    says:

    And I look forward with keen anticipation to the new jamming pods that are coming…

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Inside the Archive: EA-18G Growler

written by Staff reporter | March 25, 2021

The EA-18G Growler’s range of abilities are so advanced – and, let’s be frank, achingly cool – that it should be on the receiving end of a call up to The Avengers. The boffins call it an “airborne electronic attack” but to you and me that means its role is to fly over enemy bases and jam their defences, paving the way for fighters behind. Naturally, it has air-to-air missiles if things get hairy, too.

The Growler is a variant of the Super Hornet, but it differs in several key areas. Gone is its nose-mounted gun, and in its place, it carries two ALQ-218 tactical jamming receivers (TJR) pods on its wingtips and up to five ALQ-99 jammers on centreline and wing stations. This technology allows it to both shutdown enemy defences if it senses they’re onto it or proactively jam them anyway using its radar. It’s so clever that it can even take out specific frequencies and comms devices only, locating their emitters.

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Comments (2)

  • Allan

    says:

    The Growlers bring to the RAAF through their electronic wizardry, The same strategic impact that the much loved pig brought to strike operations.

  • R V Richardson

    says:

    And I look forward with keen anticipation to the new jamming pods that are coming…

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