U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler
The EA-18G Growler is the fourth major variant of the F/A-18 family of aircraft that combines the proven F/A-18F Super Hornet platform with a sophisticated electronic warfare suite. Built to replace the EA-6B Prowler, the Growler is the first newly-designed electronic warfare aircraft produced in more than 35 years. The aircraft also retains all of the F/A-18E/F’s multi-mission capabilities with its validated design and the capability to perform a wide range of enemy defense suppression missions.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Production of the Growler started in October 2004 and it made its first flight in August 2006!
- The Growler replaced the EA-6B.
- The generators for the Growler are made right here in Vandalia by GE Aviation!
- The Growler saw its first deployment in November 2010 with the VAQ-132 Scorpions!
- The Growler is very similar to the F/A-18 Super Hornet, but the most noticeable difference is the gun and wingtip missile rails were removed.
The first airstrikes against ISIS were completed by an F/A-18 Super Hornet!
EA-18G Growler FAST FACTS:
Engines: Two GE F414-GE-400 turbofan engines
Thrust: 22,000 pounds per engine
Wingspan: 44 feet, 9 inches
Length: 60 feet, 3 inches
Height: 16 feet
Speed: Mach 1.8
Combat Range: 850 nautical miles
Ceiling: 50,000 feet
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 66,000 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 13,940 pounds internally
Unit Cost: $67 million