US Government approves release of EA-18G Growler to Finland
18 February 2019
Boeing and the US Navy have received US Department of Defence approval to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only Australia had been authorised to purchase the airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft.
Boeing and the Navy have offered the EA-18G and F/A-18 Super Hornet in a response to query issued by the Finnish Ministry of Defence as part of their HX fighter programme procurement.
“All strike fighter aircraft rely on Growler escort to increase survivability during high-threat missions,” said Dan Gillian, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 and EA-18G programmes. “The combination of the Super Hornet Block III and Growler would provide Finland with superior technological capability particularly suited to Finland’s HX mission requirements.”
An F/A-18 variant, the Growler is the world’s most advanced AEA platform and the only one in production today. It’s capable of disrupting, deceiving or denying a broad range of military electronic systems including radar and communication systems.
In addition to the US Navy, the EA-18G is flown by the Royal Australian Air Force.