Germany will soon buy new fighters and one of them will be EW version of F-18

BERLIN, (BM) – The German Air Force will soon be buying new combat aircraft, learned citing Flug Revue. In all likelihood, this also includes some copies of the EA-18G Growler – the EW version of the F / A-18 Super Hornet. But what does “EW” actually mean – and what does the term mean?

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Drones, weapon systems, warplanes: their use is unthinkable without radio, radar and satellite-based positioning. However, other electromagnetic waves such as lasers and infrared are also used in military aviation.

The air forces [and the military in general] therefore ask themselves how their own use of electromagnetic waves can be protected and how enemy use can be made more difficult or prevented. The corresponding measures are summarized under the term “electronic warfare”, EW for short.

Two areas: reconnaissance and combat

EW activities can be divided into telecommunications and electronic reconnaissance and electronic combat. The former, in English Signal Intelligence [SIGINT], includes eavesdropping on third-party communications as well as recording and evaluating location and control systems, such as radar devices in air defense systems.

Electronic warfare [EW] includes support, protection and countermeasures. Electronic support measures describe the recording and evaluation of opposing electromagnetic emissions in the context of a military operation. For example, infrared and radar detectors in combat aircraft can identify and locate enemy weapon systems.

White noise against radar systems

Electronic protective measures are intended to ensure your own use of electromagnetic waves and protect them from reconnaissance and attacks by opponents. One example of this is frequency agility: modern radar systems change frequency and modulation from pulse to pulse.

Electronic countermeasures [ECM] are directed against hostile infrastructure. Radar systems are, for example, actively or passively disturbed and deceived by transmission pulses or white noise [simultaneous transmission of interference noises on all frequencies].

False goals are fooled or real goals are concealed. Radar and radio systems can be switched off temporarily or permanently with the aid of radiation weapons [e.g. laser or ultrasound].

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What can the growler do?

A dedicated EW aircraft is the US Navy’s Boeing EA-18G Growler. Among other things, it has three distance interference systems of the type AN / ALQ-99. These are supported by a “Tactical Jamming System Receiver” [AN / ALQ-218], which determines the position of radar emitters in the airspace. An AESA radar also locates and disrupts enemy radars, but only pointing forward.

Germany is ready to purchase 45 F-18 fighters from the US

A letter stating that Germany is ready to buy 45 Boeing F-18 fighter jets from the US, sent on April 19 the German Secretary of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to Pentagon CEO Mark Esper.

The question of replacing the Tornado fighter with the F-18s in Germany was raised by the previous German Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen.

However, her proposal was criticized by the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). They insisted that the purchase of fighters should be carried out not only from Boeing, but also from the European Airbus, which produces Eurofighter aircraft.

Unlike his predecessor, Kramp-Karrenbauer does not agree to make concessions to the Social Democrats and, despite their disagreement, conclude a contract with Boeing. Representatives of the SPD believe that such actions by the minister are a provocation.

It is also reported that among the planned to purchase aircraft, 30 are a modification of the Super Hornet. It is believed that they can be armed with American nuclear warheads, which are located at a training ground near the settlement of Buchel.

Boeing rolls out the first F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter

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On May 11 this year the American aircraft giant rolled out the first Block III version of the Super Hornet. Soon, such aircraft will enter the service of the US Navy.

Boeing completed the assembly of the first F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter. This is the first of two aircraft that the Navy will use as part of the launch tests: at the end of the year, the US Navy will begin to receive this version of the aircraft in a complete set.

The new Super Hornet differs from its predecessors in a number of significant improvements, including conformal fuel tanks. They will increase the already considerable radius of action of the fighter.

Another major improvement is the new IRST, which increases pilot situational awareness. The latter should also be facilitated by the installation of a large touch screen in the cab.

The F/A-18E /F Super Hornet carrier-based fighter is an upgraded version of the F/A-18 Hornet. Today, Super Hornet serves as the main fighter of the U.S. Navy.

Recall that in May Boeing rolled out the aircraft Loyal Wingman – an unmanned aerial wing, which is created in the interests of the Australian Air Force.

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