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EA-18G Growler (RAAF)

5,269 HermanTheGermanSherman  2 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.

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

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General Characteristics

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  • Wingspan 45.1ft (13.7m)
  • Length 45.8ft (14.0m)
  • Height 12.9ft (3.9m)
  • Empty Weight 28,258lbs (12,817kg)
  • Loaded Weight 46,327lbs (21,013kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.455
  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.032
  • Wing Loading 66.3lbs/ft2 (323.8kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 698.6ft2 (64.9m2)
  • Drag Points 8079

Parts

  • Number of Parts 341
  • Control Surfaces 0
  • Performance Cost 1,286