The Boeing EA-18G Growler, a specialised version of the combat-proven two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet, is the world’s most advanced airborne electronic attack platform.

The aircraft’s primary missions are to disrupt, deceive and/or deny a broad range of military electronic systems by providing electronic attack and tactical jamming. It also provides critical electronic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to other joint force aircraft.  

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fleet of 12 Growlers operates alongside air, land and sea forces to deliver a networked joint force able to manoeuvre and fight in the electromagnetic spectrum. Australia is the first country to be offered this level of Airborne Electronic Attack technology by the U.S.

The RAAF’s Growlers, operated by No. 6 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, are sustained under Boeing’s Air Combat Electronic Attack Sustainment Program (ACEASP).

Through the ACEASP, Boeing has partnered with the RAAF for more than a decade to continue developing the fleet and its airborne electronic attack capability.

The sustainment services delivered by Boeing Defence Australia sees it leverage both local industry expertise and Original Equipment Manufacturer capabilities from The Boeing Company in the U.S. to deliver logistics, maintenance, engineering and operational and capability upgrade management services.

The aircraft are tied in with the U.S. Navy spiral development program – ensuring the platform keeps its capability edge – with significant hardware and software enhancements delivered to the fleets on a two-yearly cycle.

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