ST. LOUIS, 12 Aug. 2013. Avionics experts at the Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis have upgraded and demonstrated an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare (EW) jet with a new secure high-speed network and onboard sensors to enable to the carrier-based electronic-attack aircraft to locate threats more quickly and accurately, company officials say.
Navy pilots flew the EA-18G with upgraded sensors and networking last month during the Navy's fleet experimentation campaign at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., to demonstrate the Growler's enhanced capabilities.
"These enhancements provide a significantly faster, more accurate, and adaptable targeting solution for the Navy and allied forces," says Navy Capt. Frank Morley, who manages the EA-18G program. "The result is a more capable EA-18G."
The plan is for the new high-speed network to enable EA-18G aircrews to share targeting data in real time, and enable the aircraft to act not only as an electronic-attack jet, but also as a command-and-control platform.
Boeing avionics experts will install the secure, high-speed network on deployed Growler electronic-attack aircraft in 2018 to enable the EA-18G to share sensor data and other important information in real time with one another, as well as with the Navy E-2D Hawkeye radar surveillance aircraft. Eventually other Navy aircraft also will receive the networking upgrade.
The upgrades will be installed on existing Growlers and will be included as a standard offering for future new aircraft sales. Boeing and the Navy will work closely with supplier partners Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation, L-3 Communications, and Rockwell Collins to add system upgrades to the fleet.
The Growler is derived from the Navy's F/A-18F Super Hornet jet fighter-bomber, and provides electronic intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data to other aircraft. It has been combat deployed since 2010 by U.S. and allied forces around the world.
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