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New systems flown on EA-18G Growler

9th August 2013 - 13:36 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft has demonstrated new sensor system upgrades in a US Navy flight to show how the enhanced technologies would allow aircrews to locate threats more quickly and accurately.

The demonstration occurred 15-19 July during the US Navy's fleet experimentation campaign at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.

The sensor system upgrades and new secure, high-speed data network will enable aircrews to share targeting data in real time. The technology is to be incorporated into deployed Growler electronic attack aircraft in 2018.

Capt. Frank Morley, US Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager, said: ‘These enhancements provide a significantly faster, more accurate and adaptable targeting solution for the navy and allied forces. The result is a more capable EA-18G that is better able to control the EA spectrum.’

According to Boeing, the technology was integrated into the aircraft in a series of upgrades. These upgrades are planned to be retrofitted into existing Growlers and included as a standard offering for future new aircraft sales. Boeing and the navy will work closely with supplier partners Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation, L-3 Communications and Rockwell Collins to add system upgrades to the fleet.

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