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I know the Marines have no interest in purchasing the F/A-18E/F model but what are they going to replace the EA-6B with? Are they thinking of the F/A-18G? When is the EA-6B supposed to be phased out of the Marine Corp inventory?
The most recent plan is for the Navy to get the Growler, and the Marines to get the scraps! This means the Marines will take the Prowlers that the Navy will no longer be flying and use them for themselves. The Growler for the Navy is supposed to come online sometime in 2010. That means it will be much longer, if at all when the Marines get the Growler. More than likely they will be waiting for the JSF EA version. Which I believe is the ultimate goal for both services.
Something new that I just came to know about. I did a quick sweep of an article in "Combat Aircraft", and the Growler, actually the EA-18G (a ECM version of the super hornet) will eventually come to replace the Prowler for the Navy, Marines, and Joint AF/Navy "Purple Squadrons". It will not have the 20 mm, but will be able to be eqipeed with [missiles like] the HARM and AIM-120. It will be a two seater, not a four, obviously. So basically it will have most of the capabilities of an -F Hornet but with all the latest jamming/ECM equipment. It will have a good cockpit, based on the suggestions of prowler teams. I'm not sure when rollout will begin, but not for a few more years. All in all, looks like a good type, both from the crew's standpoint and the budget's.
Yes, the Growler is coming, the growler is coming. BTW, Growler is not the official sanctioned name of the EA-18G. Still to be named. Anywho, the EA-6B will start to be replaced in 2008 with completion set for 2012 or so. And it MIGHT be able to carry the AIM-120, but with all the Jamming Pods, Fuel tanks and HARM, it might not carry any at all. (Wing stations that normally carry AIM-9's will be replaced with ESM receivers.
Punk...awesome timeline. That might be useful in Advanced...at least for your first few flights. I remember my first CV front seat hop. I was still in the take-off mode when we trapped. Talk about hanging from the vertical stabilizer. I was behind the jet the whole flight.
Yes, they had a fly in at Whidbey and Andrews. Just an -F model with pods...It was like putting a dress on your sister and taking her to the HS dance. Not sexy at ALL! Same ALQ-99 pods, but the rest is all different....much more automation.
I have seen super hornets in growler dress and I think they have they same exact ALQ pods as the EA6B. Have you seen it ea6bflyr?