Military Embedded Systems

EA-18G targeting and data systems upgrades demonstrated by US Navy, Boeing


August 09, 2013

Brandon Lewis

Technology Editor

Embedded Computing Design

Photo courtesy Boeing

ST. LOUIS. A demonstration by the U.S. Navy displayed the new data network and sensor system upgrades on the Boeing EA-18G Growler aircraft. The demonstration occurred during the July 15 – 19 Navy Fleet Experimentation (FLEX) campaign at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland, and showed how the new capabilities will improve the ability of aircrews to locate threats.

During the FLEX experiment, an EA-18G Growler operated on secure, high-speed network technology that allowed real-time sharing of targeting data. The technology was implemented in the aircraft through a series of upgrades, and will be incorporated into deployed Growler Electronic Attack (EA) aircraft in 2018.

"These enhancements provide a significantly faster, more accurate, and adaptable targeting solution for the Navy and allied forces," says Captain Frank Morley, Program Manager, U.S. Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G. "The result is a more capable EA-18G that is better able to control the EA spectrum."

The targeting and data system upgrades will be standard on future EA-18G platforms, while retrofits are planned for existing Growler aircraft.



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