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the monitor news The Navy plans to deactivate these squadT The plan t ns rons by the end of 2012 as it retires ro t he all of its Prowlers, and only plans a all its to buy enough new replacement bu uy two-seat EA-18G Growlers to two-se outfit 10 carrier air wings. The outf fit Marine Corps, however, plans to Mari ine keep flying its EA-6Bs until 2018 fly to 202 MCAS Cherry Point is the 2020. 20. home base for all four of h the Corps’ EA-6B squadt rons – VMAQ-1 through r VMAQ-4 – each with five V aircraft. USAF Col Bob a Schwarze, Chief of EW and S Cyber Warfare RequireC ments on the Air Staff, m told JED that the Air t Force and Marine Corps F had reached agreement h for f the 388th to move to Cherry Point in 2011 to C 2012 to begin augment2 ing i the Corps’ Prowler air crews with its ECMOs. In c addition, he said, the Air a Force and Navy are conF sidering having two to s four Air Force ECMOs fly f aboard new Navy Growla ers. e – G. Goodman The Journal of Electronic Defense | May 2009 USAF TO MAINTAIN PROWLER SUPPORT RO ER ROWLER SUPPORT E The US Air Force’s small 24-person 388th Elecl 24-person 388t h Elec2 8th Elec e tronic Combat Squadron at NA S Wh idNAS Whidt NA W d bey Island, WA, will start drawing rt rt ng down its presence there in 2011 and 2011 move to MCAS Cherry Point, NC, by t, y 2012 to augment Marine Corps Cs EA-6B Prowler air crews. Since nce n the late 1990s, Air Force elecec ectronic countermeasures officers (ECMOs) from the 388th have flown aboard four-seat EA-6B Prowler support jamming aircraft belonging to the Navy’s three “expeditionary” squadrons at Whidbey Island that are not assigned to carrier air wings – VAQ-133, VAQ134 and VAQ-142. Each squadron has four Prowlers, and each aircraft is manned by a pilot and four ECMOs. The three expeditionary squadrons have deployed overseas regularly and supported Air Force, Army and Marine Corps tactical jamming requirements from land bases. 15 USMC DEVELOPING FUTURE AEA STRATEGY The US Marine Corps plans to continue flying EA-6B Prowler support jamming aircraft until 2018 to 2020, while all of the Navy’s Prowlers will be replaced by new EA-18G Growlers by 2013. Speculation has surrounded the issue of what will replace the Marine Corps’ EA-6Bs when they finally are retired. The service ruled out the Navy’s Growler and has had its eye on a variant of the planned F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to provide part of the solution, along with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a jamming payload. JED asked Lt Gen George Trautman, the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Aviation, to clarify his service’s position on the issue. “Where we see things going is at least threefold,” he said. “First is the JSF. This fifth-generation, low-observable strike fighter will have inherent capabilities that far exceed anything that any legacy platform can do. It is a true multi-role aircraft that’s going to have excess capacity to work itself into the airborne electronic attack [AEA] mission with its inherent systems alone [e.g., active electronically scanned array radar], and I am convinced of that. And, oh, by the way, it will also be the best collector and disseminator of information in the battlespace. “In addition to its inherent capabilities, what we have pressed for is that the planned Next-Generation Jammer [NGJ] not be built strictly as external pods for the Navy’s EA-18G Growler. We would envision flying a mix of very low-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2009

JED - May 2009
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Protecting Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Steps Up
Roost Profile
EW 101
AOC News
Index to Advertisers
JED Sales Offices
JED Quick Look

JED - May 2009