New Growler aircraft to disrupt electronic capabilities of Australia’s enemies

A pair of Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growlers en route to the Australian Air Show in Avalon. Credit: SGT Mick Bott

Australia’s defence minister Marise Payne yesterday welcomed the delivery of the country’s EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft.

The Growlers were on show at the Avalon Air Show in Victoria and will be used to attack enemy defence systems.

Payne said that the new Growlers would help add to Australia’s electronic attack capabilities. 

“The Growler can disrupt military electronic systems, such as radars, to protect personnel and improve situational awareness,” Payne said. 

“Australia is the only country outside the United States flying the EA-18G Growler and its arrival is a significant leap forward in Australia’s joint electronic warfare capability and introduces a dedicated electronic attack option.” 

Air Force chief Air Marshal Leo Davies, said the Growler was a vital part of Air Force’s evolution to a future fifth-generation Air Force.

“The Growler is powerful and flexible. It can undertake a range of non-kinetic tasks, ranging from jamming, to blocking radar displays, and suppressing an adversary’s air defence system,” Davies said.

Australia has purchased 12 EA-18G Growlers, which will be delivered to RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland by the middle of 2017.

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