Australia plans to upgrade its F/A-18E/F fleet into EA-18G Growler

EA-18G Growler at Rollout Ceremony (Defense Industry Daily) The Australian government is moving forward with plans to upgrade its F/A-1...

EA-18G Growler at Rollout Ceremony (Defense Industry Daily)

The Australian government is moving forward with plans to upgrade its F/A-18E/F fleet with Growler electronic-attack equipment.

The military already has taken 12 of its 24 aircraft wired for the electronic-attack system and now is laying the groundwork to equip them for the EA-18G role, although the final decision to do so will not come until later this year, says Defense Minister Stephen Smith.

At this point,
Australia is committing to A$19 million ($19.7 million) in long-lead items, a move necessary to keep the Northrop Grumman production line open with the U.S. program slowly coming to an end. The initial commitment is for six kits, with options for six more.

As to the long-term procurement, which would come in the form of a foreign military sales contract, Smith notes “we are in the process of doing that exhaustive assessment, both in terms of the capability, the cost and how it matches other competing priorities and those judgments and decisions will be made in the course of this year.”

EA-18G Growler Systems (Defense Industry Daily)

Australian officials say their interest in the capability was underscored by the U.S. Navy experience with the EA-18G in Libya. “It lowers risk for everybody in the battle space and I’m continuing to move forward with the capability and hope that we can actually fit it within the budget space,” says Royal Australian Air Force Chief Geoff Brown.

The deal would mark the first export of the EA-18G but also more generally of that type of capability. The U.S. never authorized the release of the EA-6B Prowler.

Meanwhile, Smith has faced pressure from the opposition to move forward on buying Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance, but says he wants to continue to hold off. “The United States is developing a Global Hawk for maritime surveillance but it is currently not yet in existence. So I don’t know that it’s a sensible thing to do to immediately purchase something which has not yet been developed,” he tells reporters.

Fighters 1457736936317547120

Posting Komentar

Apa pendapat anda tentang artikel diatas?


Beranda item

Popular Posts


AA Missile AARM 2011 ACCS Aerobatic Show Aerobatic Team AEW System. Afghanistan AGL AIP Air Defense Air Refueling Aircraft Carrier Aircraft Manufacturing Airfield Airforce Airport Airshow Airstrike Alkom Alutsista Amphibious ship Analisis Anggara Anggaran Anggaran Pertahanan Anti Anti - Missile Missile Anti - Ship Missile Anti-materiel rifle Anti-Ship Missile Defence Anti-Tank Missile APC APS Arm Race Armour Plate Armoured Vehicle Arms Race Arms Sales Artilery ASEAN ASW ATGM Attack Helicopter Australia AWACS Bahan Peledak Ballistic Missile Bangladesh Battle Cruiser BBM Belanda Bersama Lima BOM BOMB Bomber Border Conflict Border Talk Brasil BRIDEX 2011 Brunei Budget Cut BUMN BUMNIS Cambodia Canada Ceko China Cina Coalition Coastal Defense COIN COIN Aircraft Cooperating Producing Military Assets Counter Terrorism Cruise Missile Cyber Warfare Damage Defense Budget Defense Equipment Defense Expo Defense Strategy Defese Dialogue Defexpo 2012 Destroyers Diplomacy DK PBB Drone East Asia Summit Eksport Alutsista Electronic Warfare Elite Forces Engines Eropa ESM Espionage Fast Attack Craft Fighter Fighters Filipina Flight Test Food Aid Foto Frigate Grounded Guided Bombs Helicopter Helicopter ASW Helm Anti Peluru HMTV HPMM HUT TNI AU Ke - 66 HUT TNI Ke - 66 Hypersonic Aircraft I ICBM IFV IMSS India Indobatt Indonesia Industri Pertahanan Inggris Intelejen Inventor IPSC Iran Israel Japan Jerman Jo Joint Development Joint Exercise Joint Fighter Weapon Course Joint Productions Joint Training JSDAF JSF Kapal latih Kapal Selam KASAD Kecelakaan Pesawat Kemhan Kerjasama Pertahanan Kevlar Konflik Konflik Perbatasan Konga Kopassus KTT ASEAN LAPAN Laser Weapons Latgab Latgab antiteror Latihan Tempur LCAC LCU LHA LHD LIFT Light Tank Lomba Menembak LPD LST LUFT Malaysia Manpads Maritime Patrol Aircraft MBT Military Alliance Military Assistance Military Bases Military Budget Military Dialogue Military Drill Military exercise Military exercise area Military Parade Military Power Minehunting MINUSTAH Missile Missile Defense Missile Shield Missile Warning System MLRS Modernization Program Mortar MPA MRO Facilities Myanmar NATO Naval Base Naval Gun System Navy Navy Drills North Korea NUc Nuclear Nuclear Missiles Nuclear Poliferation Nuclear Research Ocean Surveillance Ship Operasi Amfibi Opini OPV Pakistan Pangkalan Militer Panser Passex Pasukan Khusus Pasukan Perdamaian Patkor Patrol Vessel Patroli Patroli Bersama Patroli Perbatasan Peacekeeping Pelanggaran Batas Wilayah Pelanggaran Kedaulatan Penelitian Pengamanan Laut Penjagaan Perbatasan Perang Kemerdekaan Perpres Pertahanan Udara Pesawat Angkut Pesawat Kepresidenan Pesawat Latih PEta Philippine Philippine Navy Pictures Pilot Pirates PLA PMPP PNG Polandia Polemik Presidential Aircraft Prototype Provocation Radar RAN Ranpur Rantis Rebel Reconnaissance Aircraft Reconnaissance Satellites Research Review Revitalisasi Alutsista Rifle RIMPAC RnD Robotics Rocket RSTA Russia SAM Satelite Saudi Arabia Serangan Militer Serbia Simulator Singapore Smart Munitions so Source Code South Korea Spaceport Spanyol Special Forces Srilanka STAWS Stealth Bomber Stealth Fighters Stealth UAV Strategi Strategi Pertahanan Strike Aircraft Submarine Surveillance Aircraft Surveillance Camera Surveillance Systems Swedia Syria Taiwan Talisman Sabre Tank Tanker Aircraft Tanker Vessel. Terror Thailand Timor Leste TLDB TNI TNI - AD TNI - AL TNI - AU TNI-AL Torpedo ToT Trainer Aircraft Training Helicopter Transfers Technology Transport Aircraft Transport Helicopter Transport Ship Transport vehicle Trikora Truck Turkey UAV UCAV Uji Coba UK UN Missions UNIFIL Unmanned Sensor Platform Urban Warfare US US Air Forces US Army US Marines US Navy USAF USMC Vietnam Warship

Random Posts

Flickr Photo