EA-18G

Milestones

EA-18G in flight (Neg#: c22-650-1)

Dec. 2012 -- Australia announces LOR for F/A-18F and EA-18G Growler.

Sept. 10, 2012 -- Successful completion of first test of Advanced Mission Computer for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.

Aug. 2012 -- Australia announces intention to convert 12 F/A-18F Super Hornets to Growlers.

Nov. 10, 2011 -- Boeing receives a $48 million contract from the US Navy to develop a Type IV Advanced Mission Computer for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.

July 9, 2011 -- EA-18G Growlers operated by US Navy electronic attack squadron VAQ-132 return to Whidbey Island, Wash., after completing the first Growler deployment.

April 20, 2011 -- Boeing delivers the 500th F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler to the US Navy.

March 2012 -- Low-speed wind tunnel test on F/A-18E/F and EA-18G conformal fuel tank and enclosed weapons pod completed.

March 15, 2011 -- First aircraft delivered to US Navy under the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Multi-Year Procurement (MYP) III contract, ahead of schedule.

Feb. 17, 2011 -- EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft deployed by the US Navy for the first time.

Sept. 28, 2010 -- Boeing receives multi-year contract from the US Navy for 124 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.

Sept. 23, 2010 -- Boeing completes production of first RAAF F/A-18 Super Hornet with provisions for conversion into an electronic attack aircraft.

Nov. 20, 2009 -- Boeing EA-18G Growler to Advance to Full Rate Production.

Feb. 11, 2009 -- Boeing Delivers EA-18G Maintenance Trainer Ahead of Schedule.

June 4, 2008 -- Boeing Delivers 1st Fleet EA-18G Growler.

May 16, 2008 -- Boeing Opens New EA-18G Growler Support Center.

Nov. 1, 2007 -- Boeing Breaks Ground on New EA-18G Growler Support Center.

Sept. 25, 2007 -- Boeing Delivers First Production EA-18G Growler to U.S. Nav.

Nov. 29, 2006 -- Boeing Delivers Second EA-18G Growler to U.S. Navy.

Nov 3, 2006 -- Second Boeing EA-18G Growler Takes to the Air.

Sept. 22, 2006 -- EA-1 ferries to Patuxent River Naval Air Station to commence a period of anechoic chamber and flight tests.

Sept.19, 2006 -- EA-1 conducts its first flight with ALQ-99 jamming pods installed.

Aug. 15, 2006 -- The historic first flight of the first Growler, EA-1, is conducted in St. Louis.

Aug. 3, 2006 -- Boeing rolls out the first flight test EA-18G, EA-1, at ceremonies in St. Louis, Mo.

June 19, 2006 -- EA-18G successfully completes its First Flight Readiness Review, a key part of approval for first flight.

June 13, 2006 -- Northrop Grumman begins assembly of the center-aft fuselage of G1, the first production EA-18G, at its plant in El Segundo, Calif.

June 2006 -- Boeing receives two contract modifications, worth approximately $101 million, to build the first four production EA-18G aircraft, G1 through G4. The aircraft will be used in the flight test program.

June 19, 2006 -- First Flight Readiness Review (FFRR)

May 30, 2006 -- The U.S. Navy flies F/A-18F-35 with ALQ-218 wingtip pods and ALQ-99 jamming pods, marking the first time the wingtip pods and jamming pods have been flown together.

May 26, 2006 -- Installation and Operational Checkout (IOC) phase begins for EA-1 aircraft in the Experimental shop

May 1, 2006 -- The ALQ-218 system is delivered to EA-1 for installation in the first Growler aircraft

March 30, 2006 -- The U.S. Navy flies F/A-18F-35 with ALQ-218 wingtip pods in an aeromechanical flight, marking the first time the wingtip pods have been flown.

February 2006 -- The U.S. Navy approves Boeing's test plans and processes for integrating several key subsystems into the EA-18G weapons system. Successful completion of its first two test readiness reviews (TRR) allows Boeing to begin developing and integrating the systems at Boeing labs in St. Louis.

Jan. 5, 2006 -- Initial integration test commences in Boeing's Electronic Systems Integration Laboratoy (ESIL) in St. Louis for software configuration set Build 1.0.

Nov. 8, 2005 -- EA-18G team completes the initial laboratory verification of the EA-18G tactical aircraft's Interference Cancellation (INCANS) system, and demonstrated the system's capabilities during aircraft ground testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

June 14, 2005 -- The first formal Mission Planning Design Advisory Group (DAG) is conducted, with the Crew Vehicle Interface (CVI) and Mission Planning requirements reviewed with fleet and operational test users.

May 17, 2005 -- Air data Source Error Correction (SEC) flights begin on F-35 as part of the aeromechanical flight test program.

April 28, 2005 -- The first flight test aircraft, EA-1, moves into modification two weeks ahead of schedule. The second flight test aircraft follows on May 13.

April 27, 2005 -- Aircraft F-134 moved to the Experimental Production (XP) shop to begin its modification to become EA-1.

April 25, 2005 -- Weapon System Critical Design Review (CDR)

March 22, 2005 -- Series of Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBR) completed for SDD contract

Jan. 27, 2005 -- Boeing engineers complete all required wind tunnel testing for the under the EA-18G System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program.

Jan. 25, 2005 -- Flight testing begins for Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System in the aft cockpit of an F/A-18. The flight marked the first time both the pilot and weapon systems officer used the helmet during flight. The helmet will be used in both cockpits on the EA-18G as well.

Dec. 28, 2004 -- First production APG-79 AESA radar is shipped from Raytheon facilities in El Segundo, Calif. Radar arrives in St. Louis on Jan. 5, 2005.

Oct. 22, 2004 -- Members of the Boeing EA-18G assembly team begin assembling the first of two System Development and Demonstration test EA-18Gs by loading the aircraft's first bulkhead into tooling on the company's F/A-18E/F production line in St. Louis, Mo.

July 1, 2004 -- Mechanics at Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector begin assembling the center/aft fuselage for the first of two System Development and Demonstration test EA-18Gs by loading the aircraft's first bulkhead components into place on the company's F/A-18E/F production line in El Segundo, Calif.

June 23, 2004 -- GKN conducts the first "chip cutting" for an EA-18G part, when the company begins milling the first "G" Y204 bulkhead from a 3-3/4 inch thick, 44 x 52-inch plate of aluminum.

Dec. 29, 2003 -- U.S. Navy and Boeing sign $1B System Development and Demonstration Contract for Fiscal Years 2004-2009

Aug. 24, 2002 -- Fifth Flight Test Demonstration with F/A-18F1
During flight tests F1 carried three ALQ-99 jamming pods and two fuel tanks and tested to .9 Mach, 30,000 feet and 3 Gs

Aug. 22, 2002 -- Fourth Flight Test Demonstration with F/A-18F1

April 5, 2002 -- Third Flight Test Demonstration with F/A-18F1

Dec. 11, 2001 -- Second Flight Test Demonstration with F/A-18F1

Nov. 15, 2001 -- First Flight Test Demonstration with F/A-18F1; on this and all subsequent flight test demonstrations, the aircraft carried three ALQ-99 jamming pods and two fuel tanks and tested to .9 Mach, 30,000 feet and 3 Gs

Last updated 08/28/13