Data applies to F-35C
WINGSPAN:.................. 43 feet
LENGTH:...................... 51. 5 feet
WEIGH T: .......................empty, 34,800 pounds
MAX WEIGHT:...............takeoff, 70,000 pounds
RANGE:........................ 1,400 nautical miles unrefueled; radius,
615 nautical miles
POWER PLANT: ........... 1 Pratt & Whitney F- 135 turbofan engine
ARMAMENT: ................laser-guided bombs, JDAM, cluster munitions,
CREW: .......................... 1 pilot
CONTRACTORS:.........Lockheed Martin Corp., Pratt & Whitney,
Northrop Grumman Corp., BAE Systems,
BRIEFING: The EA-18G Growler is a variant of the Block II
F/A-18F Super Hornet and the Navy replacement for the EA-6B
Prowler. This airborne electronic attack aircraft combines modern advances in Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) systems and
weapons with the unmatched tactical versatility, advancements
and capabilities of the Block II Super Hornet.
Currently, the EA-18G uses the ALQ- 99 Tactical Jamming
System pods, ALQ-218 receiver, ALQ-227 Communications
Countermeasures Set Receiver and the Multimission Advanced
Tactical Terminal (MATT). The MATT is being replaced by the
Joint Tactical Terminal-Receiver (JTT-R). The JTT-R currently is
in production with more than 35 units delivered to the fleet in
2015. The Next-Generation Jammer will replace the ALQ- 99
jamming pods in the 2020s.
Boeing rolled out EA- 1, the first prototype NEA-18G
Growler, on Aug. 4, 2006. EA- 1’s first flight occurred Aug. 15,
2006. The aircraft was delivered to NAS Patuxent River on Sept.
22, 2006. The EA-18G program received LRIP approval in July
2007. The first fleet EA-18G, G- 1, made its first flight on Sept.
26, 2007, and was delivered to Patuxent River in August 2008.
The first Growler was delivered June 3, 2008, to Electronic
Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, the Growler Fleet Replacement
Squadron, at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. IOC and full-rate production (FRP) followed in fall 2009.
In November 2010, VAQ- 132 took the EA-18G on its initial
combat deployment, first to Iraq and then in March 2011 to
Libya, where it provided electronic attack capability to NATO
forces in Operations Odyssey Dawn and Uphold Protector. VAQ-
132 also deployed to Naval Air Facility Misawa, Japan, in 2013.
There currently are 12 EA-18G operational squadrons, one fleet
replacement squadron and one Reserve squadron. Another is in the
process of transitioning from the EA-6B, bringing the projected
total to 15 squadrons by 2017. Ten of the 15 operational squadrons
are carrier-based, while four are expeditionary squadrons.
In 2014, the Navy awarded Boeing a contract to develop
intermediate-level (I-Level) maintenance for fleet members
using the AEA system. This effort will not only increase fleet
readiness, but save the Navy more than $1 billion throughout
the life cycle of the aircraft.
The Navy’s current inventory objective for the EA-18G is 153
aircraft. As of October 2015, the Navy has taken delivery of 114
Growlers. In 2013, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
ordered 12 EA-18Gs. In October 2015, the first RAAF Growler
was delivered to the Advanced Weapon Laboratory in China
Lake, Calif., to begin testing. (See the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
entry for characteristics.)
BRIEFING: The EA-6B Prowler electronic attack aircraft was
retired from Navy service in 2015 when the last squadron,
VAQ- 134, began transition to the EA-18G Growler. (See the
Marine Corps Aircraft section for characteristics and description of the EA-6B.)
BRIEFING: The all-weather E-2C Hawkeye carrier-based airborne command-and-control aircraft has served as the “eyes” of
the U.S. Navy for more than 50 years. The E-2C provides simultaneous air and surface surveillance, strike and intercept control, battle management, and search-and-rescue capabilities.
Four foreign militaries currently fly E- 2 variants.
The E-2C, which had its first production delivery in 1973, is
equipped with the APS- 145 airborne early warning radar. The
system can simultaneously and automatically detect and track
more than 2,000 targets and control more than 20 airborne
intercept operations. The Navy operates four configurations of
the E-2C Group II aircraft, which have seen significant improvements over their years of operation. In fiscal 2004, the Navy
commenced fleet delivery of a robust Group II Replacement
Mission Computer effort and state-of-the-art flat-panel displays.
F-35C LIGHTNING II