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Boeing, U.S. Navy Demo Growler’s New Long-Range Targeting Capability

A Naval Flight Officer from NAVAIR’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23) enters information on the Windows-based tablet, prior to flight.
A Naval Flight Officer from NAVAIR’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Three (VX-23) enters information on the Windows-based tablet, prior to flight.

Boeing, in conjunction with the U.S. Navy and industry partners, recently showcased new targeting technologies on the EA-18G Growler that increase the electronic attack aircraft’s effectiveness in the battle space, providing extremely accurate, real-time information to air and ground assets.  

The Growler-based capability, verified during a Navy exercise, Fleet Exercise 15, paired multiple Growlers with an E-2D Hawkeye to test the capabilities of the system. In the exercise, data from the aircraft was integrated and shared in near real-time.  

The mission system coupled with an open architecture, high bandwidth data link and a Windows-based tablet permits the EA-18G Growler to detect targets over longer distances and share information more rapidly than ever before, providing aircrews with greater situational awareness. The addition of the tablet allows aircrew to more easily access data and communicate with crew in other aircraft.  

Existing Growlers will be retrofitted with the upgrades, and the technology will be included on all aircraft currently in production.

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