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The EF-111A provided protection by using a jamming orbit where it stands off from threat radars to cover friendly aircraft entering and leaving the threat areas, or by using the aircraft's high-performance capabilities to directly support attacking forces. In the direct support mission, the Raven may fly as in escort position or enter a threat area to the best jammer position. Ravens engaged in direct support often use the extensive night terrain-following capability built into the basic F-111 design.
In a strike mission a variety of aircraft are assigned for different roles. The EA-6B aircraft is mainly utilized for Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses, or SEAD. It achieves this through the use of jamming equipment and High speed Anti-Radiation Missiles, or HARM. Jamming involves the release of electromagnetic energy that interferes with the enemy's radar detection capability. A great part of an enemy's air defense system that poses a threat to US forces can be neutralized with the EA-6B Prowler. The first part of an enemy's air defense system a strike package encounters is the Early Warning (EW) radars. The air defense system depends on these EW radars to indicate the direction and location of US forces approaching the enemy's territory. With an EA-6B flying with a strike package and producing jamming signals to these EW radars, the enemy's ability to detect us approaching is greatly reduced. This provides precious time for the successful completion of the mission. The Prowler can jam a variety of radars.
Originally posted by TSR2005
The F-18G would only be effective if it is used in a similar environment as the EF-111. For long range, open area jamming, like what carriers operate in, it's limitations will place the carrier fleet at greater risk. It may be effective in short range situations, but for greater area coverage, it simply does not have the man power to effectively comabt the ever growing sophistication of potential enemy threats. The work load will be too great and performance will suffer greatly.
Boeing rolls out EA-18G Growler - F/A-18 electronic attack variant
The US Navy today rolled-out the first of two Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet test aircraft converted into EA-18G Growler airborne electronic-attack (AEA) variants (pictured below).
The aircraft is the sucessor to the ageing EA-6B Prowler as a Mach 1.8 fighter jet escort and radar jammer. The Growler is fitted with an array of electronic warfare aids including ALQ-99, ALQ-79 and ALQ-218 jamming pods.
The EA-18G test aircraft is due to perform first flights in September.
^^ Photo depicting a model of the EA-18G as potentially equipped with the Ghetzler Aero-Power Ram Air Turbine in position.
^^Prototype of Ghetzler RAT as potentially mounted on AN/ALQ-99 Radar Jamming Pod for EA-18G "Growler"
Originally posted by waynos
Why do people call it the F-18G or F/A-18G when there is no such designation?
After the F/A-18F the next model is the EA-18G, no F's' and no /'s. OK peeps?