Boeing EA-18G Growler
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Boeing - EA-18G Growler - 2006 - США
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Год: 2006


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Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet и EA-18 Growler

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  Кроме того, вариант РЭБ F/A-18F, способный как создавать активные помехи, так и уничтожать ПВО противника, превратился в EA-18G Growler. Достигший начального уровня боеготовности в сентябре 2009 года, опытный образец Growler совершил первый полет в 2001 году. Самолет объединяет цифровую станцию РЭП ALQ-218C подвесной системой ALQ-99 самолета EA-6B Prowler. Эти системы позволяют подавлять многие передатчики, точно определенные и идентифицированные. EA-18G также оборудован мощной РЛС APG-79, которую в ВМС США планируют использовать для прямой атаки на передатчики противника. Полагают, что сфокусированный направленный луч энергии от антенны AESA мог бы вывести из строя излучающую антенну. Growler способен использовать собственные системы связи и передачи данных в процессе постановки помех с помощью системы подавления помех (Interference Cancellation System), что недоступно экипажам Prowler. Система постановки помех нового поколения должна вступить в действие с 2018 года как замена ALQ-99.
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Большая часть уникального электронного оборудования AEA установлена в отсеке, где у F/A-18F размещалась авиапушка, и в двух обтекателях на концах крыла. Оставшиеся девять подвесок предоставляют уникальную возможность для размещения на них различных видов боеприпасов, электронного и другого оборудования.
'Salty Dog 521' VX-23's permanently assigned EA-18G Growler test aircraft.
VAQ-129 ‘Vikings’ is the EA-18G Growler Fleet Replacement Squadron based at NAS Whidbey Island.
A pair of VAQ-132 EA-18Gs line up for take-off from NAS Whidbey Island on a routine training flight over the Okanagan Mountains in eastern Washington state.
The Growler’s nose wheel steering enables the aircraft to be easily manoeuvred around a carrier flight deck.
EA-18G создан на базе двухместного F/A-18F. На самотете установлены новые антенны и обтекатели на законцовках крыла.
VX-23's NEA-18G Growler BuNo 166641/SD521 loaded with three ALQ-99 tactical jamming pods.
This shot of Viking 521 shows the configuration of antennas and blisters fitted to the aircraft, and the close proximity of the centerline fuel tank to the nose wheel landing gear
A student pilot taxies Viking 554 from the VAQ-129 with wings folded in accordance with standard training procedures.
Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (VAQ-134) ‘Garudas’ is one of four EA-18G expeditionary squadrons which are not assigned to a carrier air wing. All four units deploy to forward operating bases in support of, but not exclusively, the US Ar Force. The squadron’s CAG-bird, EA-18G BuNo 168765/ NL530, features a four-colour tail flash and red titles.
Combat payloads carried by the EA-18G Growler vary, and require the combined 44,000lb (196kN) of thrust to get airborne. Viking 521 is seen launching with full afterburner in a clean training configuration giving the pilot an easy take-off performance.
The Growler’s two General Electric F414-GE-400 turbofan engines generate a combined 44,000 lbs of thrust with afterburner.
Some local training flights flown by the EA-18Gs from NAS Whidbey Island do not require ALQ-99 jamming pods to be carried.
Подготовка экипажей Growler возложена на 129-ю эскадрилью РЭБ "Vikings" (VAQ-129), дислоцированную на авиабазе ВМС США Уидби-Айленд.
VAQ-135 'Black Ravens' participated in exercise Red Flag 13-3 at Nellis AFB in early March 2013. Red Flag 13-3 was the first large force exercise undertaken by VAQ-135 since it returned from deployment to Bagram AB, Afghanistan.
Самым современным самолетом семейства Hornet является EA-18G Growler, специально предназначенный для ведения радиоэлектронной войны. Он представляет собой версию двухместного Block II F/A-18F Super Hornet. Самолет должен поступить на вооружение в 2009 году и заменить устаревший Grumman EA-6B Prowler.
As part of the squadron’s work-up for deployment to Iraq in November 2010, VAQ-132 participated in exercise Red Flag 10-4 at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
An EA-18G Growler climbs away from runway 14 following a bounce during field landing carrier practice at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 166642/'DD500' of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 'Dust Devils', carried an AGM-88E AARGM missile for the first captive-carry flight test on May 25, 2011.
A view of an EA-18G Growler captured through night vision goggles.
EA-18G BuNo 168377/’DD523' carries a standard Growler payload comprising an external fuel tank and an ALQ-99 pod under each wing. The upper part of each pylon is marked with an orange patch denoting a test fitting.
Этот выполняющий испытательный полет EA-18G оснащен новейшим электронным оборудованием АЕА для ведения радиоразведки, подавления средств радиосвязи и радиолокации противника.
Испытания Growler продолжаются и в 2010 году, на фотографии - самолет 31-й опытной эскадрильи, дислоцированной на авиабазе Чайна-Лейк. Первой в октябре 2009 года состояния эксплуатационной готовности достигла 132-я эскадрилья РЭБ "Scorpions".
An EA-18G Growler assigned to VX-31 returns to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake over the city of Ridgecrest, California.
Electronic Attack Squadron 142 (VAQ-142) ‘Gray Wolves' is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11) and operates the EA-18G Growler. The squadron’s latest CAG-bird BuNo 168381/NH500 features a white and blue livery, and colour badges of the squadron and CVW-11.
Electronic Attack Squadron 142 (VAQ-142) ‘Grey Wolves’ has its CAG-bird, EA-18G BuNo 168381/NH500, painted with dark blue vertical stabilisers. The squadron is one of ten Growler units assigned to a carrier air wing.
VX-31's EA-18G Growler project office is completing tests of the SCS H10, start­ing the follow-on H12 and supporting the Royal Australian Air Force as it prepares to receive the aircraft.
Winner: the Department of the Navy's budget request included procurement of 21 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and the establishment of two more expeditionary electronic attack (VAQ) squadrons.
The first system design and development EA-18G Growler aircraft, EA1, arrived at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland on September 22, 2006, a month prior to its scheduled delivery date.
EA-18G с окрашенными в белый цвет килями и стилизованной эмблемой 9-й опытной эскадрильи "Vampires" несет на внешней подвеске контейнер с разведаппаратурой ALQ-218, две УР AGM-88 HARM, три контейнера РЭБ ALQ-99 и два ПТБ.
EA-18G Growlers assigned to the Black Ravens over Alaska en route to Eielson AFB for exercise Red Flag Alaska.
EA-18G Growlers assigned to the Black Ravens over Alaska en route to Eielson AFB for exercise Red Flag Alaska.
An EA-18G Growler and a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing during a VAQ-129 Det at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.
Exercise Cope North Guam 2014 was held between February 14 and 28, 2014. It was a multilateral training exercise conducted from Andersen AFB, Guam, and involved around 80 aircraft from the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and US Air Force and Navy. Air-to-air training was conducted involving dissimilar air combat scenarios, air-to-ground sorties and simulated humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. This formation of participants comprises an EA-18G Growler of VAG-132 (tailcode ‘NL’), F-16C Fighting Falcon from the 35th Fighter Wing (‘WW), an 18th Wing F-15D Eagle (ZZj, a B-52H Stratofortress from the 20th Bomb Squadron ('LA'), JASDF F-15J (22-0929 of 204 Hikotai) and Mitsubishi F-2A, an RAAF No. 75 Squadron F/A-18A Hornet and an F-16C of the 364th Fighter Wing (‘AK').
The Next Gen Jammer pod should commence flight operations on the EA-18G Growler in 2015.
VAQ-132’s CAG-bird Growler BuNo 166894/’NL540' refuels from a US Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker. The squadron’s EA-18Gs undertook multiple air-refuellings and received up to 50,000 lbs of fuel during some of the missions flown over Libya while operating from Aviano AB in northern Italy.
An EA-18G Growler receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a training sortie from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
An EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron 132 (VAQ-132) 'Scorpions’ air refuelling with a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A tanker during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017.
The EA-18G Growler needs to overcome threat systems with highly lethal SAMs, and prove highly adaptive in combat conditions.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 169137/NJ525 a second from touch down during a bounce.
Smoke spools from the tires as EA-18G BuNo 169137/NJ525 bounces on runway 14 during field landing carrier practice at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
VAQ-132's CAG-bird Growler BuNo 166894/'NL540' received desert tail markings, side numbers and insignia for the squadron’s 2010-2011 deployment to Iraq and Italy.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 168772/AJ500 of Electronic Attack Squadron 131 (VAQ-131) ‘Lancers’ based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington seen at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada in mid-May 2016. The aircraft deployed to Fallon for the latest Carrier Air Wing 8 work-up in this two-tone grey CAG-bird colour scheme.
Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) ‘Zappers’ is currently assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVWS) and operates the EA-18G Growler. The squadron deployed its latest CAG-bird BuNo 168268/AC500 to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada during the air wing’s recent detachment to the desert base.
VAQ-129 typically flies its aircraft in a clean configuration during most phases of the course as shown by Viking 525.
EA-18G BuNo 168256/NA500 is the current CAG-bird with Electronic Attack Squadron 139 (VAQ-139) 'Cougars'.
Forward deployed to Naval Ar Facility Atsugi, Japan, Electronic Attack Squadron 141 (VAQ-141) ‘Shadowhawks’ was originally assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) and made its maiden deployment on the USS George H W Bush. Today the unit is as­signed to CVW-5.
VAQ-132 Growlers deployed to NAWS China Lake in March 2010 to utilise the threat emitters located on the extensive electronic range.
To complete a quartet of CVW-11 aircraft in this section, EA-18G BuNo 168381/NH500 is the first Growler CAG-bird operated by Electronic Attack Squadron 142 (VAQ-142) ‘Gray Wolves’ which transitioned to the type during 2015 and continued work-up training throughout 2016. The squadron is set to make its first Growler deployment on board the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during 2017.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 166934/NL540 is the CAG-bird of expeditionary squadron, VAQ-132 'Scorpions’ seen land­ing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
VAQ-132 EA-18G BuNo 166894/’NL540’ lands at Aviano AB, Italy following a mission to Libya during Operation Unified Protector. The aircraft is loaded with two AGM-88 HARM missiles, two AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles and two ALQ-99 jamming pods.
VAQ-131 'Lancers’ recently returned from deployment aboard the USS George H W Bush (CVN 77). The squadron operates a two-tone grey CAG-bird, EA-18G BuNo 168772/ AJ500, which appears to be coated in Have Glass paint; a coating designed to reduce the infrared signature of the jet.
Growler из 129-й эскадрильи РЭБ "Vikings" проходит над кормовым срезом палубы авианосца "Рональд Рейган". Снимок сделан в феврале 2008 года во время испытаний "на совместимость" самолета и авианосца.
EA-18G Growler BuNo 166642/’DD500’ (c/n EA-2) was the second prototype built and is currently operated by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31 (VX-31) ‘Dust Devils’ based at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California. Its continued operation configured as a test-bed aircraft fitted with the latest systems is the most likely reason for its participation in Red Flag 14-1.
Фотография F/A-18E в конфигурации Growler сделана на авиабазе Патуксент-Ривер во время эксплуатационных испытаний в августе 2008 года. Все "строевые" Growler представляют вариант двухместного F/A-18F.
VAQ-141 EA-18G BuNo 166930/’AJ502’ seconds from catching a wire onboard USS George Bush. The Growler’s maximum landing weight is 48,000 lb.
Since VAQ-141 was established as an EA-6B Prowler squadron in 1989, the unit has participated in every major combat operation since Desert Storm.
Boeing EA-18G Growler, вероятно, является самым эффективным самолетом подавления ПВО. Он может "выводить из игры" вражеские РЛС и ЗРК с помощью бортовой системы РЭБ или применения ракеты HARM.
Viking 511 makes an arrested landing aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California.
A VAQ-141 Growler launches from the USS George Bush during a pre-deployment work-up exercise.
An early production series Growler aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower during carrier suitability tests.
A catapult officer signals a VAQ-129 EA-18G Growler for launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
A member of the catapult crew prepares to launch an EA-18G Growler from VAQ-129 from the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
An aircraft handler directs a VAQ-129 EA-18G Growler to catapult 1 on the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN 73).
Another colourful CAG-bird, EA-18G BuNo 168268/AC500, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) ‘Zappers’ prepares to launch from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
An EA-18G assigned to VAQ-141 prepares to take off from USS George Bush while underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
Sailors guide an EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) Zappers’ onto the catapult during flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) under way in the Gulf of Oman.
An EA-18G Growler prepares for launch from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
An EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) ‘Zappers’ launches from the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75).
Viking 507 launches from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during carrier qualifications off the coast of Southern California.
A plane director marshalls a VAQ-141 Growler from parking.
VAQ-141 's CAG-bird EA-18G BuNo 166928/’AJ500’ on the flight deck of the USS George Bush underway in the Mediterranean Sea on its maiden cruise.
VAQ-141 was deemed ‘safe for flight’ with the EA-18G Growler on February 12, 2010 and made the first carrier deployment with the type in 2011. The squadron flew the first carrier-based EA-18G missions into Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn and the very first EA-18G missions into Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during its 2011 maiden cruise.
US Navy EA-18G Growler BuNo 168770/NJ577 painted with tail markings of No.6 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. The aircraft is seen conducting field carrier landing practice at Outlying Field Coupevitie, Washington on May 11, 2016.
US Navy EA-18G Growler BuNo 168770/NJ577 painted with tail markings of No.6 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. The aircraft is seen conducting field carrier landing practice at Outlying Field Coupevitie, Washington on May 11, 2016.
A ground crew member from VAQ-132 signals to an EA-18G Growler as it returns from a flight during heavy snow at NAF Misawa, Japan in January 2013.
The Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center based at NAS Fallon, Nevada has its own EA-18G aircraft assigned for instruction of the Growler Tactics Instructor course.
Souda is a transit stop for US military assets heading home from deployment, for example this Electronic Attack Squadron 138 (VAQ-138) 'Yellow Jackets' EA-18G Growler.
The EA-18Gs of VAQ-139 ‘Cougars' - one of which is pictured at its NAS Whidbey Island base on June 3, 2015 - flew 1,200 sorties and 267 combat missions during their ten-month deployment on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
To mark the Centenary of Naval Aviation in 2011, VAQ-129 painted EA-18G BuNo 166899/'55’ in a similar colour scheme to that worn by an F4-U Corsair operated by VBF-85 ‘Sky Pirates' aboard USS Shangri-La in 1944.
Members of VAQ-129 pose for the camera in front of VAQ-129’s CAG-bird, EA-18G Growler BuNo 168894/NJ550, at the end of an AEA Det at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Detached to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada in early December 2017 was EA-18G Growler BuNo 168266/AB500, the latest CAG-bird operated by Electronic Attack Squadron 137 (VAQ-137) 'Rooks'.
Electronic Attack Squadron 135 (VAQ-135) ‘Black Ravens' is one of three EA-18G Growler-equipped expeditionary squadrons assigned to the Electronic Attack Wing based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. As such, the squadron is not assigned to a carrier air wing. The Black Ravens' last deployment lasted for six-months to the Pacific Command operating primarily from Misawa Air Base, Japan. The squadron's latest CAG-bird BuNo 166940/NL520 is seen at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada in early March 2016.
With 40 Growler aircraft assigned, VAQ-129 uses multiple flight lines at NAS Whidbey Island.
One row of EA-18Gs on VAQ-129’s extensive flight line.
VAQ-135’s current CAG-bird features tail markings similar to those carried by the unit’s EKA-3B Skywarriors in the early 1970s.
Navy training procedures dictate that an aircraft is chained to the ramp even when operating at a shore base like Whidbey Island as seen in this shot of Viking 504 during a crew change. Adherence to the chaining protocol ensures maintainers and flight crew meet flight deck operating requirements.
Sailors utilise a block to discharge the static build-up on a Growler’s canopy at NAF Misawa, Japan.
The pilot waits while the air refueling probe is extended during pre-flight checks.
The EA-18G Growler is equipped with the ALQ-218 wideband receiver system used for emitter identification location. The system’s receivers are housed in the distinctive wingtip pods.
A VAQ-129 maintainer signals to the plane captain that the arrestor hook is functioning correctly during pre-flight checks.
The first SDD EA-18G Growler aircraft, EA1, spent five months in the anechoic chamber at NAS Patuxent River to assess on-board radar, receiver and jammer compatibility and performance as part of the mission systems test programme.
Australia
The EA-18G Growler is always distinguishable from a Super Hornet by its wing tip pods housing the ALQ-218 receivers.
EA-18G A46-301 (BuNo 169148) takes off from St Louis-Lambert Field Missouri on the first flight of an Australian Growler.
Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G A46-301 wearing No.6 Squadron markings at low-level in a canyon in southern California.
An RAAF EA-18G Growler from No.6 Squadron flying to Shoalwater Bay to participate in air operations for Exercise Talisman Saber 2017.
The first flight of an RAAF EA-18G, aircraft A36-301, took place on July 13, 2015 at St Louis-Lambert Field, Missouri.
This year's edition of the Avalon air show included debuts by five RAAF types. Two of the first four EA-18G Growlers delivered to RAAF Base Amberley the week before, including aircraft A46-306, were at the show.
On static display at Avalon, EA-18G A46-306 carried a pair of ALQ-99 jamming pods and AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles.
Royal Australian Air Force EA- 18G Growler A46-301 with an ASQ-228 ATFLIR pod, ALQ-99 tactical jamming pod and an AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile.
Details
The ALQ-99 jamming pod’s low-band antennas are housed in a profiled radome while those for the high-band antennas are straight (see image). The Growler will operate with two types of Next Gen Jammer pod, one for high and one for low-band jamming.
Note the straight radome of this high-band ALQ-99 tactical jamming pod.
The straight profile radome of the ALQ-99's high-band antennas.
ALQ-99 pods are fitted with a nose-mounted ram air turbine to provide power at cruising airspeed.
Unlike the nose-mounted ram air turbine or RAT fitted to the current ALQ-99 jamming pod, the navy’s next gen jammer will feature an internally-mounted RAT housed in the pod’s mid-section.
Raytheon’s AN/APG-79 AESA radar is fitted on the EA-18G Growler.