Boeing's EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft have been deployed for the first time by the U.S. Navy, the airframer announced Thursday.
"The men and women of Boeing are honored to see this new capability directly benefit the nation’s brave servicemembers around the world," said Kory Mathews, vice president of F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs for Boeing. "The airborne electronic attack capability that the EA-18G brings to the fight is in high demand, so we are committed to continuing to deliver these aircraft to the Navy on budget and on schedule, just as we have with every F/A-18E/F."
A derivative of the two-seat F/A-18F Block II, the EA-18G's design enables warfighters to operate either from the deck of an aircraft carrier or from land-based airfields. It is replacing the Navy's current AEA platform, the EA-6B Prowler, which has been in service since 1971. The EA-18G joined the Navy's aircraft fleet in 2008, when it was introduced to fleet training squadron VAQ-129.
Boeing, acting as the weapon system integrator and prime contractor, leads the EA-18G Growler team, which also includes Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and GE Aircraft Engines.