Type Will Enter Service In 2008
Thursday the Boeing Company has delivered the second EA-18G Growler
airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft to the US Navy test site
at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD.
The second EA-18G, known as aircraft EA-2, made the flight from
St. Louis to Maryland with US Navy pilot Cmdr. Jack Waters and
weapons system operator Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Williams on board. EA-2
is the second of two test aircraft built under a System Development
and Demonstration contract Boeing signed with the Navy on December
As Aero-News reported, the
first EA-18G, EA-1, currently is undergoing electromagnetic testing
in an anechoic chamber at NAS Patuxent River.
"Delivering this aircraft sets the stage for our aggressive
flight test program," said Kevin Fogarty, Boeing EA-18G chief
engineer. "We already are getting vital information from EA-1 in
the chamber, and we look forward to the next step in flight test,
where we can use EA-2 to test even more of the capabilities the
Growler brings to the AEA community and the Navy."
Boeing says the highly flexible design of the EA-18G, a
derivative of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet, enables
warfighters to perform an array of AEA missions, operating from
either the deck of an aircraft carrier or land-based fields.
The EA-18G will replace the Navy's current AEA platform, the
EA-6B Prowler, which has been in service since 1971. The first
production Growler will join the Navy's aircraft fleet in 2008.
Boeing, acting as the weapon system integrator and prime
contractor, leads the EA-18G Growler industry team. Northrop
Grumman is the principal subcontractor and airborne electronic
attack subsystem integrator. The Hornet Industry Team will divide
EA-18G production across Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Electric
and Raytheon manufacturing facilities.