The US Navy wants to eliminate 5 squadrons of electronic warfare aircraft EA-18G Growler

Since the retirement of the last EF-111A Ravens from the US Air Force in 1998, the US Navy has been the only US air force with a fleet of tactical fighters dedicated to electronic warfare and suppression of enemy anti-aircraft defenses. , initially on EA-6B Prowler, then, from 2011, on EA-18G Growler, a version of the F/A 18 F Super Hornet specifically for this mission. However, the Pentagon's needs for this type of mission did not disappear with the withdrawal of the EF-111As, and the F-16C/D equipped with HARM missiles were not sufficient to ensure the escort missions of the air forces in contested areas. It's here…

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The French Ministry of the Armed Forces considers the principle of a Burst of Electronic Warfare useless

In June 2021, the UDI deputy for Seine Saint-Denis and member of the Defense commission of the National Assembly had questioned, based on an article published on Meta-Defense, the Ministry of the Armed Forces on the relevance of developing a version of the Rafale dedicated to electronic warfare missions, like what was done, for example, with the US Navy's E/A-18G Growler from the F/A-18F Super Hornet. According to the arguments put forward, a Rafale "specialized" in this electronic warfare mission, would make it possible to increase the capacities of the French air forces to suppress enemy anti-aircraft defenses, and thus guarantee, over time, the capacities of the forces...

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Congress wants new tactical electronic warfare aircraft for the US Air Force

It was in 1998 that the last electronic warfare EF-111A Raven was withdrawn from service with the US Air Force, without any replacement having been provided for this purpose. However, the aircraft fulfills many crucial missions, in particular to neutralize the detection and engagement capabilities of Iraqi anti-aircraft defenses during the first Gulf War, and to allow tactical aircraft, and in particular the F117 stealth aircraft, to operate safely. Convinced of the omnipotence of the passive stealth of its F-22s and the future F-35A, the US Air Force did not consider it necessary to replace this capability, it is really expensive...

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Now is the right time to develop an Electronic Warfare Burst!

Since the start of 2021, Dassault Aviation's French Rafale combat aircraft has enjoyed significant commercial success, with no less than 4 new orders or pre-orders placed by Greece, Egypt, Croatia and France. Indonesia, for a total of 96 aircraft. According to the Swiss press, it would also be favored by the Swiss authorities for the replacement of its F/A 18 Hornet and F5 tiger II, and other countries, such as India and the United Arab Emirates, are also expected to place an order this year or next year. It must be said that the Rafale in its current multi-mission F3R version, and again...

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Electronic Warfare-Cyber ​​Convergence at the Heart of the New US Navy E / A18G Growler Pods

The next generation of jamming pods fitted to the US Navy's E/A 18G Growler, the only modern combat aircraft equipped for active jamming in the Western arsenal, will have capabilities beyond comparison with the already very capable ALQs. -99 that equip the device today. Beyond enhanced jamming capabilities, these pods will also be equipped with cyber warfare functions, according to a convergence between electronic and cyber warfare that is set to prevail in this area. In any case, this is the reading made of it by Rear Admiral John Meier, Commander of Naval Forces Atlantic for the US Navy, during a videoconference with a…

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Sale of F35 and EA-18G Growler to UAE infuriates Israeli politicians

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had managed to survive politically indictments for corruption and a widely contested handling of the Covid crisis, but it seems that the agreement given to the United States to sell F35A fighters, planes of electronic warfare EA-18G Growler and Reapers drones in the United Arab Emirates in return for a normalization of relations between the two countries under the aegis of Donald Trump, was the straw that public opinion, and above all the Israeli political class, will not forgive him. Although he denies it, everything indicates that the signing of "the peace agreement...

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Is Trump punishing Berlin for not buying the F35?

The decision fell like a cleaver on July 29: US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of 12.000 troops from US forces deployed in Germany, within a very limited time frame. According to the information given, 6400 men will be repatriated to the United States, while 5400 others will be redeployed to Italy and Belgium, and potentially later, to Poland and the Baltic States. In a very personal approach, the American president declared that he wanted to "make Germany pay" for not participating enough in NATO, and that the United States was tired of being taken for "hams" (“sucker” in the words…

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With its Super Hornet Block III, Boeing offers super-connected aircraft capable of countering stealth threats

On May 8, Boeing released a video showing the first F/A-18F Super Hornet Block III leaving the factory. Presenting numerous technical developments, the Block III should succeed the Super Hornet Block II at the end of the year, the last units of which were delivered to the US Navy on April 17th. This aircraft is the first of two Block III Super Hornets intended for flight testing for the benefit of the US Navy. It will thus gradually receive all the equipment specific to the Block III standard, allowing the first fully equipped aircraft to be delivered in the months to come. Compared to Block...

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As expected, the F35 strikes back in Germany to replace the Tornado

At the beginning of the week, the German authorities confirmed that they wanted to acquire 60 Typhoon fighter planes as well as 30 F/A 18 E/F Super Hornets and 15 EA 18 G Growlers to replace the Luftwaffe Tornado carrying out the missions attack, electronic warfare and defense suppression, as well as nuclear strike missions within the framework of NATO. Insofar as Berlin does not intend to abandon its role or the resulting status within NATO with regard to nuclear deterrence, despite the consequent limits of the exercise from an operational point of view, its decision and the distribution...

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Does NATO's deterrence strategy still make sense?

According to the German daily Der Spiegel, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer contacted her American counterpart Mark Esper directly to inform him of her country's intention to acquire 30 F/A 18 E/ F Super Hornet as well as 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, to partially replace its fleet of Tornado specialized in electronic warfare missions and suppression of enemy anti-aircraft defenses, as well as those in charge of ensuring the permanence NATO nuclear deterrent carrying the B-61 nuclear bomb. According to many sources, it was this last point that led the German federal government to favor…

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