Boeing is ready to integrate key subsystems into the Navy’s EA-18G Growler aircraft, which, as of right now, is the only electronic jamming aircraft on the horizon. The Navy plans to retire the joint USAF-Navy use EA-6B Prowler and USAF changed its strategy, opting not to pursue a B-52 standoff jammer. (At least one group of lawmakers is not pleased.) Boeing has to verify more than 2,400 test points before the airborne electronic attack avionics suite is loaded onto the first flight test aircraft. The initial flight is slated for this fall.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.