The EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft is changing the game for joint and carrier air-wing employment. The Growler’s version of the ALQ-218 electronic-warfare surveillance system—which provides exceptionally enhanced geo-location capability compared to the legacy EA-6B—can be used for finding and fixing naval assets and relocatable surface-to-air missiles, both of which figure prominently in current and future operational scenarios. The APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on the Growler is the most modern fielded airborne intercept and multipurpose radar in the Fleet and provides some of the best situational awareness airborne. Outfitted with the Link-16 data-exchange network to provide information to and from other aircraft, the Growler enhances the ability of the joint force to execute effectively.
Dawn of the Expeditionary Growler
The successor to the EA-6B Prowler has an effective ground-based model that offers valuable capabilities to the joint force.
By Commander Dave Kurtz, U.S. Navy