The US Navy received its 100th Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) EA-18G Growler tactical jamming and electronic warfare jet on 5 May 2014. But the American maritime strike force wants more.
As we reported earlier the US Navy put 22 Growlers on its list of unfunded priorities for the 2015 Fiscal Year budget. Not only wants the force to make sure they will have enough airplanes of the type in the near future, a final approval of the 22 EA-18Gs will also keep Boeing’s Hornet production line open. After all, the Growler is a direct derivative of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Current orders take Growler and Super Hornet production through the end of 2016, according to Boeing. During testimony on 27 March 2014 to the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, described the Growler as an “extraordinary capability” and emphasized the need for more aircraft.