The Australian government announced it will upgrade the Royal Australian Airforce’s fleet of electronic aircraft and associated ranges, strengthening the nation’s electronic attack capability. The government is upgrading EA-18G Growler capabilities through Project AIR 5349 Phase 6 – Advanced Growler, providing the RAAF with critical world leading technology for the future. The EA-18G Growler is an electronic attack aircraft capable of disrupting, deceiving or denying a broad range of military electronic systems, including radars and communications.

Upgrades include:

  • Cooperative development of the Next-Generation Jammer weapon system with the United States Navy to gradually replace the ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System
  • Aircraft modifications including sensor upgrades
  • Anti-radiation missile war stock.
  • New longer-range and more advanced anti-radiation missiles.
  • Upgrades to the electronic warfare training ranges capability
  • Facility upgrades at Amberley near Brisbane and the Delamere Air Training Area near Katherine in the Northern Territory.

The project will ensure commonality with United States Navy aircraft. Australian radar company CEA Technologies has been awarded a $277 million contract to provide advanced capabilities for Australia’s electronic warfare ranges. The contract will include a number of fixed and portable emitters to support training exercises and strengthen capability across the joint force. It is the first contract to be awarded under Phase 6, which has an approved budget of over $2 billion.

Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy said “The Albanese Government is working closely with defence industry partners and Australian companies will be involved a much as possible throughout the life of this project. I’m proud that this project will continue to develop Australia’s own CEA Technologies, a world leading radar technology company. We are delivering leading edge technology the RAAF needs to face an increasingly complex and uncertain strategic environment.”

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