According to US media report on March 28, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said that six EA-18G Growler aircraft from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, are scheduled to arrive at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. This move is to bolster NATO’s collective defense and further increase air integration capabilities between the US and Allied nations.
The Growler aircraft was developed to counter and suppress hostile air-defense by offering tactical jamming capabilities of radar systems. The aircraft will be accompanied by 240 naval personnel consisting of pilots and maintenance crew who will be deployed in Germany for missions to strengthen NATO’s defense and deterrence capabilities along the eastern border.
Kirby emphasized that these EA-18Gs will not be used against the Russian military inside Ukraine territory. The EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare aircraft, a derivative from F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter, is manufactured by US defense giant Boeing. The Growler measures 18.3m-long and 4.9m-tall with a wingspan of 13.7m and can cruise at top speeds of 1,960 KMPH. It also boasts a service ceiling of 50,000 feet.