Military Aircraft: Electronic Warfare

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th June 2022.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to replicate the USN Growler capability in any UK aircraft form.

Photo of Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The F-35 Lightning aircraft undertake the Electronic Attack roles similar to the E/A-18 Growler. Fitted with the AN/APG-81 radar and AN/ASQ-239 system, the F-35 has robust electronic warfare (EW) Capabilities and can operate in the EW role utilising the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) multi-function radar. Additionally, the Typhoon radar will be upgraded later this decade with ECRS Mk2 which will also possess EA capabilities.

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