U.S. Navy Growlers jam High Value Targets/Individuals’ cell phones.
The image in this post shows the nose of a VAQ-137 EA-18G Growler aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Interestingly, the aircraft sports a quite unique kill marking, showing a person “hit” by a lightning bolt.
According to our sources, this is the kill mark applied when the Growler is used in an operation during which it jams cell comms or pick up cell comms and that person is targeted.
All the other “standard” lighting bolts are for generic Electronic Attack support: usually, jamming during ops when F/A-18s are dropping ordnance.
But the cell phone one is very specific to targeting a High Value Target or other individual with a cell or cell-jamming over an area. Ordnance is often employed in this context.
The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an Electronic Warfare variant of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet that replaced the EA-6B Prowlers in U.S. Navy service.
Along with actively jamming enemy communications, the Growler, operating in a networked environment along with other two aircraft of the same type (needed for triangulation), can use its EW pods to geo-locate a signal source and target it from stand-off distance with air-to-surface missiles.
Image credit: Marc Garlasco
That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. The Growler is literally better in every way.
Time to use old fashion methods of communicating then
Growler is much more survivable and has more room for upgrades.
Technically speaking, the EA-6B could jam ANY form of communication that operates at a frequency within the systems capabilities. (AT-2, VAQ-138, 1979-1982)
Oh, OK, I get it now, we use the combined resources of mega multy billion dollar carrier task forces, and several jet fighters to target individual suspected terrorists. And we wonder why we’re LOSING ? Just like Nam huh ?