Boeing EA–18G Growler

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Product Type:
Electronic Attack Jet Fighter
Fighter Aircraft

Using Service (US):

Program Status:
Last aircraft purchased in FY 2016

Prime Contractor:
Airframe: The Boeing Company
Engines: General Electric Aviation

The Boeing EA-18G Growler

About the EA-18G Program:

By Forecast International /// The following is a snapshot of the EA-18G Growler program. For complete data and a forecast outlook, please view our Military Aircraft Forecast


The Boeing EA-18G Growler is a tandem two-seat, carrier-based, electronic attack variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighter. The EA-18G Growler is the first electronic warfare aircraft produced in more than 35 years. The EA-18G is the replacement platform for the EA-6B Prowler. The Growler delivers higher speed, greater maneuverability, more reliability, and reduced operating costs. The aircraft is powered by two General Electric F414-GE-400 afterburning turbofan engines, each providing 22,000 pounds of thrust.

Boeing's F/A-18 / EA-18G assembly line is located in St. Louis, Missouri. As a principal subcontractor, Northrop Grumman produces the aft/center fuselage section and vertical tails and integrates all associated subsystems at its facilities in El Segundo, California. In May 2015, Boeing delivered the 100th Growler to the U.S. Navy.

The Growler's Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) suite provides a cutting-edge selective-reactive and pre-emptive jamming capability. Nine weapon stations (hardpoints) provide carriage of weapons, AN/ALQ-99 Jamming Pods, and other stores to meet the needs for standoff jamming, escort jamming, time critical strike or communications countermeasures. The AEA communications receiver and jamming system provide electronic suppression and attack against communication threats. Each AN/ALQ-99 pod houses two powerful continuous wave transmitters that use beam steering to direct the jamming signal towards the threat. Each pod has a control computer linked to the Northrop Grumman AN/ALQ-218 Tactical Jamming Receiver. The ALQ-218 receiver is installed in the Growler's nose gun-bay, with the antennas mounted on wingtip pods.

The advanced cockpit, combined with onboard sensors and weapons, provides a superior Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) capability. The Growler is equipped with a Raytheon AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, which offers increased electronic warfare support and is capable of precision targeting. The EA-18G also features the Raytheon AN/ALQ-227 Communications Countermeasures System (CCS).

The Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) is currently being developed for the EA-18G to replace the legacy AN/ALQ-99 Jamming Pods. NGJ will incorporate the most advanced electronic attack technology. In 2013, Raytheon won the contract for the Technology Development (TD) phase, followed by the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract in 2016.

On May 3, 2013, Australia announced its decision to purchase 12 EA-18G Growlers, making Australia the only country other than the United States to purchase the aircraft. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) took delivery of the first two aircraft in-country in February 2018. The 12th and final RAAF Growler was delivered in July 2018.

As of January 1, 2018, the U.S. Navy operates a fleet of 155 EA-18Gs (150 Active + 5 Reserve) with a service life of 7,500 hours.


The EA-18G Growler has no main gun but features nine weapon stations (hardpoints) and can carry AIM-120 AMRAAM, AGM-88 HARM/AARGM, and AN/ALQ-99 Low Band Jamming Pods.

F/A-18E/F & EA-18G Production Forecast:

A 15-year F/A-18E/F & EA-18G production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year F/A-18E/F & EA-18G production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Military Aircraft Forecast service.


The EA-18G provides one of the most flexible offensive electronic warfare capabilities available across the spectrum of conflict from irregular warfare to major contingency operations. The EA-18G supports naval, joint, and coalition strike aircraft, providing radar and communications jamming and kinetic effects to increase the survivability and lethality of all strike aircraft. The EA-18G can operate autonomously or as a major node in a network centric operation. The EA-18G's electronic suite can both detect, identify, and locate emitters + suppress hostile emitters through jamming and kinetic effects.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - EA-18G DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF),
The Boeing Company, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and General Electric Co.

Military Aircraft Forecast:

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Forecast International Budget Data:

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DoD Spending in FY 2014, FY 2015, FY 2016, FY 2017 and FY 2018 + 5-year forecast

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