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Originally posted by tomcat ha
Only 2 seats? That doesnt seem very much for a jammer aircraft.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Right now the EA-6B is the USAF jamming platform. They're flying them in Navy squadrons including carrier ops, with USAF pilots and crew members. I've heard that there are a couple fo proposals for a USAF jamming platform, but nothing on the drawing board as of now, and no contract proposals being accepted yet.
The plan divides the AEA mission into four major parts:
Standoff jamming—the disruption of enemy communications from a distance—goes to the Air Force.
Escort jamming, assigned to the Navy, features jammer aircraft that fly as part of a strike package.
Self-protection, or the use of onboard-generated signals to throw off the guidance of surface-to-air missiles, will be provided by each service.
“Stand-in” jamming, or extremely close-in disruption of radars, hinges on two systems, one Air Force and one joint.
Two F/A-18F Super Hornets were recently rolled unfinished from Boeing's St. Louis, Mo., assembly line into a separate hangar for conversion into the Navy's two planned EA-18G developmental test aircraft.
The EA-18G is designed to be the Navy's next generation electronic attack aircraft to replace the fleet's current carrier-based EA-6B Prowler.
Starting with an F/A-18F Block II aircraft, the developmental test aircraft will be fitted with the Prowler's latest electronic attack equipment, including the ALQ-218(v)2 tactical receiver, communications countermeasures set, interference cancellation, ALQ-99 tactical jamming system pods and the multi-mission advanced tactical terminal (MATT).
The program selected the F/A-18F airframe so that the electronic aircraft would have the same speed and mobility to fly, and engage, with its Super Hornet cousins.
The two developmental test aircraft - to be called EA-1 and EA-2 - are scheduled to begin flight-testing in September and November 2006, respectively. The first EA-18G squadron is scheduled to take to the air in fiscal year 2009.
"The review, like the [preliminary design review], was comprehensive, professional and successful ... For an aircraft electronic warfare program the [review] was very mature," said Rear Adm. Jeffrey Wieringa, assistant commander for research and engineering, NAVAIR.
"This [critical design review], combined with the beginning of modifications for our flight test aircraft, represent two outstanding achievements that put a bookend on the early phase of the development of the EA-18G," said Bob Feldmann, Boeing's program manager for the aircraft.
It could be above or below you, or right on your six -- and you wouldn't even know. Before you can mouth the word "mayday," you realize that your communications are malfunctioning and several F-14s are headed straight for you.
You have the ALQ-218 suite jamming your communications and the APG-79 revealing your position. On top of this, you have no idea where the attack is coming from. This is the work of computer-controlled jamming pods. These ALQ-99 pods, are smart little suckers. They automatically detect and classify a radar's electronic energy, and determine the exact signal strength required to shut it down.
The EA-18G Growler