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The Emerging Battlespace of Joint Warfare, by Boeing

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posted on Apr, 8 2014 @ 09:24 AM
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This is a pretty interesting PDF by Boeing, to push the E/A-18 Growler. According to them there will be a need for an additional 50-100 Growlers to meet the evolving threat of the EME battlefield. Boeing has been questioning the EW capabilities of the F-35 for the past couple of years, with claims that it won't even begin to come close to what's necessary in the evolving battlefield.

I've said for a long time now that the US, and the USAF in particular, were stupid to cut their EW programs after Desert Storm. Now the entire US air warfare fleet is dependent on one platform for their entire EW needs.

EW Battlespace




posted on Apr, 8 2014 @ 09:33 AM
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reply to post by Zaphod58
 


I would be surprised if we didn't have a wide variety of EW packages, I don't think they need to be for the primary mission of any particular platform.



posted on Apr, 8 2014 @ 09:40 AM
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The EW field is surprisingly empty. There are a few platforms that have very advanced EW packages on them, but there aren't any dedicated platforms that can support a strike package, other than the Growler, which is what's needed. An individual platform with a great EW package doesn't do much good when there's a large package heading in with no support.



posted on Apr, 8 2014 @ 02:39 PM
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Well if Boeing and LM are still on speaking terms maybe they can develop an F35 growler. I don't think the Air Force would be too keen on relying on the Navy or purchasing a Navy jet to fill it's EW needs.



posted on Apr, 8 2014 @ 02:52 PM
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For years Air Force pilots flew (are still flying?) Navy EA-6Bs, including carrier ops.



posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 06:43 PM
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Hi Zaph, long time no speak.
Yep the USAF was pretty stupid to have ditched their EF-111 Ravens in the mid nineties. It left a massive hole that only the Prowler/Growler could fill and that meant a greater burden for the Navy. There was from time to time, talk of reactivating a squadron or so worth and at one point there was suggestion of a joint international squadron operated by the USAF and the RAAF (being the only remaining operators of the F-111 and in need of EW capability).

Moving forward I am highly sceptical that an affordable and workable EA variant of the F-35 can be put forward in the short to medium term at the very least. And while it might be attractive for the USAF to also operate Growlers for cost savings, there are limitations on the SH that make looking for an alternative host airframe viable for the ALQ-99/next gen jammer. A much better option would be an "Electronic Eagle". It has the airframe size and performance envelope that would allow almost no limitations on tasking arrangements, with the F-22 being the only exception due to its sheer performance. AN EA-15 would fit nicely into the USAF fleet and allow complimentary capabilities to the Growler whilst reducing the demands placed on the Navy to provide coverage for itself and every other service as well as allied nations. There may also be opportunity to sell the variant to a number of current F-15 operators, thereby increasing the manufacturing run and further reducing costs.

LEE.



posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 07:06 PM
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I'd personally bank a cheque on Boeing pulling a crafty strike asset out of the hat and going 'wowser, what a shocker! lookie what we have here!'

Then finding out that its a dedicated escort asset.

I'd say, twin seat, twin engine, VLO down low enough to go in with F-35s without burning holes in the radars until needed. I'd also wager that its an in house design effort that just needs a funding nod.



posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 07:09 PM
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Boeing might want to look at the Silent Eagle for it.

Oh wait, it might take away from their precious Growler.



posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 07:19 PM
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Zaphod58
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Boeing might want to look at the Silent Eagle for it.

Oh wait, it might take away from their precious Growler.


Now you'd need to be a cynic to say that Boeing couldn't gut an F-15 and use the parts to fill a new shell.



posted on Apr, 13 2014 @ 07:36 PM
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It's a good thing I'm a cynic then.


I've seen to many good platforms screwed beyond belief over the years.



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