Amberley welcomes full Growler fleet

Leading Aircraftwoman Aimee-Rose Carter and Leading Aircraftman Fletcher Moulton perform routine checks on the newly arrived EA-18G Growler at No. 6 Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley.Australia’s complete fleet of 12 EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft have arrived at RAAF Base Amberley, following the arrival in Australia of the first two Growlers in February.

“Australian Growlers have already conducted successful weapon firings and integration flights with RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and US Navy EA-18G Growlers as part of operational test and evaluation,” said Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Leo Davies.

“We have also had the graduation of the first operational transition course.

“Through our partnership with the US Navy, we are already planning to keep Growler at the forefront of electronic attack capability throughout the life of the aircraft.”

The Growler is capable of providing force-level electronic warfare support by disrupting, deceiving or denying a broad range of electronic systems, including radar and communications systems.

“We are the only country outside the United States operating the EA-18G Growler, and the full fleet arrival represents a significant leap forward in joint electronic warfare capability,” said Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne.

“The EA-18G Growlers will work with Army and Navy to deliver a networked joint force able to manoeuvre and fight in the electromagnetic spectrum.

“The arrival affirms the government’s commitment to maintain our capability edge and prepare for the more complex and high-tech conflicts of the future.”

The aircraft is based on the Super Hornet airframe and fitted with additional avionics, enhanced radio frequency receivers, an improved communications suite and radio frequency jamming pods.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne with Air Commander Australia, Air Vice Marshal Steven Roberton, DSC, AM (left) and Commanding Officer No. 6 Squadron, Wing Commander Grant Fifield during the welcoming of the full fleet of EA-18G Growlers to RAAF Base Amberley.
Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne, Air Commander Australia Air Vice-Marshal Steve Roberton and Commanding Officer 6 Squadron Wing Commander Grant Fifield. (Defence)