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EA-18G Growler (6th squadron 100th)

5,830 HermanTheGermanSherman  3 months ago

The Boeing EA-18G Growler is the electronic warfare version of the F/A-18F Super Hornet , initially produced in 2007 and put into service that same year after deciding that a dedicated electronic warfare aircraft was necessary for future operations within the US navy and eventually the RAAF

The EA-18G differs from it’s fighter brethren by having the wingtip mounted hard points removed and replaced with AN/ALQ-218 wide and receivers along with ALQ-99 high and low band tactical jamming pods. The 20mm Vulcan in the nose has been removed as well to make room for more electronics, rendering 2 AIM-120 AMRAAMs the only way (aside from electronic warfare suites and countermeasures) for the Growler to defend itself. Besides 2 AIM-120s the Growler can also equip two AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles that allow radar installations to be precisely targeted and subsequently destroyed, most likely to carve a path for more capable fighter/bombers to attack hostile ground, air or naval units.

This growler differs from the others thanks to the paint job given to it by the 6th squadron to commemorate the 100th year anniversary since the 6th squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force was created in 1917.

Controls:

VTOL down = flaps
AG1 = release EXT fuel tanks
AG2 = release AIM-120 AMRAAMs
AG3 = release AGM-88 HARMs
AG4 + VTOL up = wing tip folding
AG5 = Arrester hook deploy

Along with the paint job some aspects of this were improved along with using the new formation light parts and text

General Characteristics

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  • Wingspan 45.1ft (13.7m)
  • Length 45.8ft (14.0m)
  • Height 12.9ft (3.9m)
  • Empty Weight 29,431lbs (13,350kg)
  • Loaded Weight 47,500lbs (21,546kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.561
  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.031
  • Wing Loading 68.0lbs/ft2 (332.0kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 698.6ft2 (64.9m2)
  • Drag Points 9150

Parts

  • Number of Parts 421
  • Control Surfaces 0
  • Performance Cost 1,461