2008-06-08 - Growler deliveryBoeing EA-18G Growler goes to first unit
Erste Navy-Staffel erhält neues Störflugzeug<br /> Boeing delivered the first fleet EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft to the U.S. Navy's Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 on Tuesday at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., ahead of schedule and within budget.
Boeing previously delivered five EA-18G aircraft to the Navy's flight test community. "At a time when most acquisition news focuses on problems and setbacks, I am pleased to note that this has been a success story and an excellent example of Navy-contractor teamwork and collaboration," said The Hon. Donald C. Winter, secretary of the Navy, during a ceremony on the station's flight line. "By leveraging and evolving legacy programs -- the F/A-18 as a platform and significant payload components from the EA-6B -- this program now stands as a model case of what can be achieved. This next-generation aircraft is in a class by itself, combining airborne electronic attack with the newest technologies that belong to the Super Hornet Block II."
A derivative of the combat-proven, two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet, the EA-18G's highly flexible design enables warfighters to perform an array of AEA missions, operating from either the deck of an aircraft carrier or land-based fields. The EA-18G integrates the capabilities of the most advanced AEA system with the advanced weapons, sensors and communications systems found on the Super Hornet. The VAQ 129 Vikings serve as the Fleet Readiness Squadron at NAS Whidbey Island, which is home port for all airborne electronic attack aircraft in the Navy's arsenal. The Vikings began flying the EA-6B Prowler in 1971, and will receive the first five fleet EA-18Gs.