EA-18G Growler

Country of Origin: United States
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Type: Electronic warfare/tactical fighter Manufacturer: Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas)
Armor Material: Aluminum, titanium, carbon/epoxy Armor Thickness: n/a
Length: 18.38 m Wingspan: 13.62 m over wingtip antenna pods
Weight: 29,932 kg (max takeoff weight) Maximum Speed: 2220 kph
Powerplant: 2 x General Electric F414-GE-400 turbofans with afterburners Thrust: 9977 kg each with afterburner

Size: 10 Total Actions: 2

Weapon Code Arc S M L EX Acc FC Dam Qty ROF Special Ammo
M61A1 6-bbl 20mm Vulcan autocannon LAAC FF 2 4 8 16 0 +1 x8 1 +6 - 400
High-Speed Antiradiation Missile (HARM) AGM-88 FF 11 22 44 88 +1 +1 x16 1 0 Guided, Missile, Sensor-Homing 2
Total of 7 available external hardpoints (use per rules in Technical Manual Second Edition, p. 149 and Banzaidyne New Perks and Flaws)

Primary Movement: Flight 8/37/74 (2220 kph) Secondary Movement: Ground 20/40 (240 kph)
Maneuver: +1 Armor: 12 / 24 / 36

Crew: 2 (Pilot, Electronic Warfare Officer) Deployment Range: 2350 km
Sensors: +2 / 6 km ground, 60 km air Communications: +1 / 20 km ground, 200 km air
Perks: Acceleration Protection, Advanced Controls, Autopilot (AUX), Backup Communications, Backup Sensors, Catapult Hook (AUX), Chaff/Flare Dispensers (AUX, Rating 2, 120 shots), Ejection System (AUX), Refuelling Intake, Stratospheric Flight Flaws: Decreased Maneuverability (SMS, Rating 2), Requires Airstrip
Defects: None Lemon Dice: 2

The "Growler" is a modified two-seat Super Hornet that carries the same hardpoint-mounted ALQ-99 jamming pods as the EA-6B Prowler, the aircraft that the Growler replaced in 2019. Each pod carried is represented as an ECM Perk at Rating 3. A commonly seen configuration is to mount 3 ALQ-99 pods (one under each wing and one on the centerline).

If not operating as an EW aircraft, the Growler is perfectly capable of performing the same attack and air superiority missions as a standard Super Hornet. The wingtip antennae pods, for instance, would be replaced by standard AIM-9 Sidewinder launch rails, and the AGM-88 HARMs would be replaced by other stores.

The Deployment Range listed here is given for internal fuel only; Super Hornets routinely carry one or more external tanks, however, so sources will often list ranges that are much higher.

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