Ahead of its delivery of its 100th EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy, Boeing released a video touting the capabilities of the electronic warfare platform. The 100th Growler was delivered on May 5, during a ceremony in St. Louis, Mo. “Given the threat environment we are moving into, the Growler will play a major role in identifying, tracking, targeting and potentially firing upon the enemy,” said Capt. Frank Morley, the Navy’s F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager, in a Boeing press release. A variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, the Growler is the replacement for the EA-6B Prowler.
“Given the threat environment we are moving into, the Growler will play a major role in identifying, tracking, targeting and potentially firing upon the enemy.”
The Growler recently made headlines for being on the Navy’s unfunded priorities list for the 2015 fiscal year budget. That list calls for an additional 22 Growlers. “Today we celebrated 100 Growler deliveries – all on cost and on schedule – and highlighted the need for additional Growlers in the future so our men and women in uniform can prosecute their missions in the safest, most effective way possible,” said Mike Gibbons, Boeing’s F/A-18 and EA-18G programs vice president. “We believe there is a compelling case to be made that the Navy needs 50 to 100 more aircraft to meet future requirements.” The current procurement schedule has the last EA-18G Growler being delivered in 2016. The Royal Australian Air Force will also take delivery of 12 Growlers, beginning in 2017.