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06 February 2023
UPGRADE TO GROWLER CAPABILTY ANNOUNCED
IMAGE: A46-305 EA-18G Growler from No. 6 Squadron conducts air-to-air formation flying off the coast of South East Queensland. (Courtesy Defence)

The Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet will be strengthened with the announcement of an upgrade to EA-18G Growler capability through Project AIR 5349 Phase 6 - Advanced Growler.

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic attack aircraft capable of disrupting, deceiving or denying a broad range of military electronic systems, including radars and communications.

Upgrades include:

  • Cooperative development of the Next-Generation Jammer weapon system with the United States Navy to gradually replace the ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System
  • Aircraft modifications including sensor upgrades
  • Anti-radiation missile war stock.
  • New longer-range and more advanced anti-radiation missiles.
  • Upgrades to the electronic warfare training ranges capability
  • Facility upgrades at Amberley near Brisbane and the Delamere Air Training Area near Katherine in the Northern Territory.

The project will ensure commonality with United States Navy aircraft.

World leading Australian radar company CEA Technologies has been awarded a $277 million contract to provide advanced capabilities for Australia’s electronic warfare ranges.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP said :“We are delivering leading edge technology the RAAF needs to face an increasingly complex and uncertain strategic environment.”

“I’m proud that this project will continue to develop Australia’s own CEA Technologies, a world leading radar technology company.”

The contract will include a number of fixed and portable emitters to support training exercises and strengthen capability across the joint force.

It is the first contract to be awarded under Phase 6, which has an approved budget of over $2 billion.


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