A lot of people who think they’re experts in aerospace will probably have no idea what you are talking about when you say its name. It is hugely overshadowed by its far more famous cousin, the F/A-18 Super Hornet. But this plane cannot be underestimated.
The ‘EA’ designation stands for Electronic Attack, and the Growler is still the best at it with almost no competition in that specific area. Let’s review the basics. The Growler has a two-seat fighter and has a range of 1275 miles. It has 9 external hardpoints that can be equipped with various missile and non-missile weapons. They can include AN/ALQ-218 tactical jamming pods(with a maximum load of 3), AIM-120 AMRAAM and/or AGM-88 HARM missiles and the INCANS Interference Cancellation system.
The AIM-20 AMRAAM is a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile. The
AGM-88 HARM, on the other hand, is designed to home in on electronic transmissions coming from surface-to-air radar systems. This means that it can lock on to radar on the ground and seek out and destroy the source, and all in under a minute. Once the missile is close enough, it explodes directly above the target. In between the HARM’s and the jamming pods, the Growler can both disable and destroy any radar threats it comes across letting any allied aircraft pass by unseen.
Because of its jamming pods, the Growler is technically the best stealth fighter there is, seeing that it can jam and destroy any radar it comes across with ease. Since it shares the same airframe as the Super Hornet, we can also be assured that it is reliable and trustworthy. Like I said earlier, in my opinion, there is no electronic attack aircraft that comes even close to achieving what the Growler has.