Oz to convert 12 Super Hornets to Growlers

Okay, the Aussies are not buying new Super Hornets nor Growlers. But they are proposing to spend AUS$335 million to convert 12 of the 24 F/A-18 Super Hornets already on order to the EA-18G Growler standard.

“If finally pursued, the relatively small investment will significantly enhance the Super Hornet’s capability, by giving electronic attack capacity and therefore the ability to nullify the systems of opposing aircraft,” said Minister of Defence Joel Fitzgibbon. “It will also provide the Super Hornets with counter-terrorism capability through the ability to shut down the ground-based communications and bomb triggering devices of terrorists.”

Not to mention (ahem) the Growler’s recently disclosed, anti-F-22 capability.

It’s a great week to be a Growler.

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2 Responses to Oz to convert 12 Super Hornets to Growlers

  1. solomon 26 February, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    and now we understand the “kill” marking…wonder if they’ve found a vulnerability? i would think so to convert so many of their airframes to Growlers. electronic attack must be in a more advanced stage than is publicly known.

  2. Lightndattic 27 February, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    Other than occupied weapons stations (wingtips or pylons while carrying pods), does the Growler give up any of the Superbug’s A-A or A-G capabilities (apparently not A-A)? If not, it makes a whole world of sense to by Growlers instead of the F model so long as you can live without the wingtip pylons.

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