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Air Force says No to the Growler, with bonus LRSB Easter egg

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posted on Jun, 2 2015 @ 10:50 AM
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The Navy recently did a study that indicated that there may be a need for additional EA-18G Growler electronic warfare jets between the Air Force and Marine Corp. Coupled with Kuwait's potential order of 28 of the jets, could keep the EA-18 production line open till 2019 and this is what Boeing is working to ensure.
The Air Force's Air Combat Command Commander General Herbert Carlisle has stated that they don't want to use legacy gen. aircraft for their electronic attack needs and that they have enough capability in the F-35 and the upcoming LRSB's to full fill their needs. This is rather telling about some of the undisclosed capabilities of both the F-35 and the LRSB and the potential for the F-35 and LRSB to be tasked with other missions that they may not have been disclosed as designed for.
The article goes on to say that the final decision on the LRSB contract should be announced in July or Aug. So the wait is almost over.




The U.S. Air Force on Monday said it aims to meet electronic warfare needs using next-generation aircraft such as Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter and a new long-range bomber, rather than older planes like Boeing Co's EA-18G Growler.

Air Combat Command Commander General Herbert Carlisle said the F-35 offered "some pretty impressive" electronic warfare capabilities - consisting of jamming enemy signals to make it easier for warplanes to bomb targets on the ground and other offensive actions - though he gave no details.

Carlisle said a bomber for which a contract will be awarded in coming months, and the associated "family of systems" to be rolled out in coming years, would also give the Air Force new electronic warfare capabilities.




The comments come as Boeing is trying to secure enough orders to keep its F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighter lines running in St. Louis. Congress is poised to add funding for 12 more jets, but the budget measures have not yet been finalized.

The Navy order, together with a likely Kuwait order for 28 jets, should keep the production line open into 2019.

U.S. Navy officials have said they have enough Boeing EA-18G Growlers to meet their own needs, but that a Navy-led study of the needs of the other services could generate demand for more of the jets for the Air Force and Marine Corps.


However, neither of the services have endorsed that view, and a Navy-led study of the joint needs has not been released.




Carlisle said he expected the Air Force to pick a winner in the bomber competition in July or possibly August.


www.reuters.com...
edit on 2-6-2015 by Sammamishman because: (no reason given)




posted on Jun, 2 2015 @ 11:27 AM
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Of course they're not going to buy a dedicated EW platform. That would mean fewer of their precious stealth aircraft.



posted on Jun, 2 2015 @ 11:34 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

If the Air Force ended up with any Growlers they would immediately try to retire them for not being sexy enough too.



posted on Jun, 2 2015 @ 11:45 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Would be cool if they ever decided to go ahead with a AF dedicated EW platform. Maybe one day....



posted on Jun, 2 2015 @ 11:45 AM
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Indian Air force has a Dream operating those EA 18G growlers,

I think Boeing should send a Request to IAF



posted on Jun, 2 2015 @ 11:50 AM
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a reply to: Sammamishman

Yeah really. From St Louis to the Boneyard. God I love our leadership right now.




 
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