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Project AIR 5349 Phase 3 acquired 12 Boeing EA-18G “Growler” airborne electronic attack aircraft, ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) and associated weapons, support and training systems.

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Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability

Project AIR 5349 Phase 3 acquired 12 Boeing EA-18G “Growler” airborne electronic attack aircraft, ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) and associated weapons, support and training systems. The aircraft were acquired through the United States Navy (USN) under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement and were delivered to Australia during the first half of 2017. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was achieved in February 2019.

The EA-18G Growler is a specialised Electronic Warfare (EW) variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, designed to support friendly ground, sea and air operations through its capability to detect, analyse, identify, disrupt, deter and destroy adversary radar and communications systems. The Growler comprises a suite of electronics systems installed in a modified F/A-18F for Electronic Support (ES) and Electronic Attack (EA) missions.

The Growler aircraft represent a new capability for the Australian Defence Force and will be based in RAAF Amberley, QLD. Two training ranges will also be established in support of the Growler capability, at Delamere Weapons Range, Northern Territory and near RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland.

Deliverable Achieved/Forecast
Project Year of Commencement Apr 2013
Initial Materiel Release Feb 2017
Initial Operational Capability Feb 2019
Final Materiel Release Aug 2022

Content is current as at December 2020.

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