U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler

U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler

The EA-18G Growler is the fourth major variant of the F/A-18 family of aircraft that combines the proven F/A-18F Super Hornet platform with a sophisticated electronic warfare suite. Built to replace the EA-6B Prowler, the Growler is the first newly-designed electronic warfare aircraft produced in more than 35 years. The aircraft also retains all of the F/A-18E/F’s multi-mission capabilities with its validated design and the capability to perform a wide range of enemy defense suppression missions.


  • Production of the Growler started in October 2004 and it made its first flight in August 2006!
  • The Growler replaced the EA-6B.
  • The generators for the Growler are made right here in Vandalia by GE Aviation!
  • The Growler saw its first deployment in November 2010 with the VAQ-132 Scorpions!
  • The Growler is very similar to the F/A-18 Super Hornet, but the most noticeable difference is the gun and wingtip missile rails were removed.
  • The first airstrikes against ISIS were completed by an F/A-18 Super Hornet!

EA-18G Growler FAST FACTS:

Manufacturer: Boeing

Engines: Two GE F414-GE-400 turbofan engines

Thrust: 22,000 pounds per engine

Wingspan: 44 feet, 9 inches

Length: 60 feet, 3 inches

Height: 16 feet

Speed: Mach 1.8

Combat Range: 850 nautical miles

Ceiling: 50,000 feet

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 66,000 pounds

Fuel Capacity: 13,940 pounds internally

Crew: 2

Unit Cost: $67 million

Website: https://www.navy.mil/Resources/Fact-Files/Display-FactFiles/Article/2166036/ea-18g-growler-airborne-electronic-attack-aircraft/