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RAAF EA-18G Growler fleet complete

12th July 2017 - 07:07 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The full fleet of Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft is now complete at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 7 July.

The base now has a complement of 12 two-seat Growlers. The first two aircraft arrived in Australia in February.

The Growler fleet will enhance the Australian Defence Force's ability to deliver a networked joint force able to manoeuvre and fight in the electromagnetic spectrum.

As part of operational test and evaluations, the Australian Growlers have already conducted successful weapon firings and integration flights with RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and US Navy EA-18G Growlers.

The aircraft is based on the F/A-18F Super Hornet airframe and fitted with additional avionics, enhanced radio frequency receivers, an improved communications suite and radio-frequency jamming pods. It will provide a complementary capability to the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

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