EA-18G Growler

Country of Origin: United States
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Specifications
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


Description
Threat Value: 8420 OTV: 12,313.6 DTV: 8577.52 MTV: 4368
Size: 10 Default Size: 20 Crew: 2 Total Actions: 2
Cost: $33,663,667 Production Type: Limited Production Lemon Dice: 4

Movement
Primary Movement Mode: Flight Top/Combat/Stall Speeds: 74/37/8 (2220/1110/240 kph)
Secondary Movement Mode: Ground Combat/Top Speed: 20/40 (120/240 kph)
Maneuver: +1 Deployment Range: 2350 km

Electronics Rating & Range Armor
Sensors +2 / 6 km ground, 60 km air Light Damage 12
Communications +1 / 20 km ground, 200 km air Heavy Damage 24
Fire Control +1 Overkill 36

Crew
Pilot, Electronic Warfare Officer

Perks
Name Rating Aux?
Acceleration Protection
Advanced Controls
Autopilot Y
Backup Communications
Backup Sensors
Catapult Hook Y
Chaff/Flare Dispensers (120 shots) 2 Y
Ejection System Y
Refuelling Equipment (intake)
Stratospheric Flight

Flaws
Name Rating Aux?
Decreased Maneuverability (SMS) 2
Requires Airstrip

Defects
Name Rating Aux?
None

Weapons
Name Code Arc S M L EX Acc Dam Qty ROF Special Ammo
M61A1 6-bbl 20mm Vulcan autocannon LAAC FF 2 4 8 16 0 x8 1 +6 - 400
High-Speed Antiradiation Missile (HARM) AGM-88 FF 11 22 44 88 +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)

Notes

The "Growler" is a modified two-seat Super Hornet that will carry the same hardpoint-mounted ALQ-99 jamming pods as the EA-6B Prowler, the aircraft that the Growler is intended to replace. 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), for a TV of 8836.

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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