US Approves $115 Million Sale of Electronic Warfare Gear to Australia

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Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler - Sputnik International
The US Department of State has approved a $115 million sale to Australia for AEA-18G Growler Aircraft Electronic Warfare Range Systems and related support, equipment, and training, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The release stated on Monday that the government of Australia has requested additional funding to a previously implemented case for two Electronic Warfare Range Systems to conduct electronic warfare and electronic surveillance training within the borders of Australia.

Electronic Warfare Range Systems simulate enemy ground radars and their electromagnetic emissions, allowing instructors to train aircrews against threat radar.

"By enabling Australian Defense Force (ADF) ranges, the US government will ensure consistency in training across platforms and theaters, whether the exercises are conducted in the United State or in Australia, where US aircrews will be able to participate in training exercises alongside their Australian counterparts," the release proclaimed.

The AEA-18G Growler electronic and strike warfare is based on the F-18 Super Hornet developed by Boeing.

The prime defense contractors for the Warfare Range System will be Leidos and General Dynamics Mission Systems.

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