The U.S. Navy recently completed flight tests of its new data network on a Boeing
The network features sensor system upgrades that will allow aircrews to share targeting data in real time, according to Boeing
. Growler aircraft are scheduled to receive these avionics upgrades by 2018.
"The result is a more capable EA-18G that is better able to control the EA spectrum," said Capt. Frank Morley, U.S. Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager.
Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman, Harris Corp. and L-3 Communications are all working as supplier partners, assisting with the Growler upgrades. The Growler, a derivative of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, first entered into service in 2010.
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