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Enchanter Squadron pilot[1]

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet. It was built to replace the EA-6B Prowler in the role of tactical jamming.

The EA-18G has sporadically appeared in the Ace Combat franchise. It was introduced in Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War, but was not featured again until Ace Combat Infinity. It did not make it into the initial release of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, but the EA-18G appeared as a non-playable aircraft in the game's first DLC mission, "Unexpected Visitor".

History

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During the Belkan War, the Belkan Air Force operated the Growler. Notable pilots include Belkan aces Lamar Zimmermann and Lars Matthaus.

In the Usean coup d'état, the Growler was utilised by Beast Squadron during their second battle with the Scarface Squadron over Comona Islands.[2][3]

During the Circum-Pacific War, Yuktobanian ace, callsign "Abelcain", engaged the advancing Osean Army during their advance into the Jilachi Desert. During the battle, he was ultimately shot down by Wardog Squadron.[4]

EA-18Gs were also fielded in the Lighthouse War by both the Osean Maritime Defense Force and the Erusean Air Force. During Operation Sighthound, Osea's Enchanter Squadron and the Erusean forces defending the Alicorn utilized the aircraft.[1]

Infinity universe

Growlers were available for use by United Nations Forces pilots during Operation Eternal Liberation.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

How to Unlock

This aircraft is not available to the player.

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Ace Combat Infinity

"The latest electronic fighter, capable of being carried on a carrier. Along with being able to carry a pod for electronic warfare, being based on the F/A-18F makes it easy to handle, making it an electronic fighter with stable flight capabilities and high firepower. Its nickname is the "Growler"."
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The EA-18G is available through the Aircraft Tree.
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 625 E D D+ D+ D E 281,600
2 665 E+ D D+ D+ D E+ 42,240
3 705 D D+ C C D+ E+ 70,400
4 745 D+ D+ C C C D 112,640
5 785 D+ C C+ C C D+ 168,960
6 825 C C C+ C C C 436,480
7 865 C C+ C+ C+ C+ C+ 197,120
8 905 C+ B C+ C+ C+ B 246,400
9 945 C+ B B B C+ B+ 478,720
10 985 B B+ B B B A+ 901,120
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 1032 B+ B+ B+ B B A+ 1,802,240
12 1079 B+ A B+ B+ B S 1,422,080
13 1126 A A+ A B+ B+ S 2,647,040
14 1173 A+ A+ A B+ B+ S+ 3,604,480
15 1220 S S A+ A A S+ 4,547,840
16 1281 S S A+ A A S+ 6,589,440
17 1340 S+ S+ A+ A A S+ 7,518,720
18 1399 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+ 8,462,080
19 1458 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+ 10,813,440
20 1517 S+ S+ S S S S++ 13,643,520


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL ESM LASM ECM
1 413 114 3
2 454 116 4
3 495 118 5
4 536 120 6 12
5 578 124 7 14
6 619 128 8 16
7 660 132 9 18 11
8 702 136 10 20 12
9 743 140 11 21 13
10 785 144 12 22 14
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL ESM LASM ECM
11 826 148 13 23 15
12 867 152 14 24 16
13 909 156 15 25 17
14 950 160 16 26 18
15 992 164 18 28 20
16 1030 166 19 29 21
17 1069 168 20 30 22
18 1107 170 21 31 23
19 1146 172 22 32 24
20 1185 174 24 34 26

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carried at the respective levels. Part slots could be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts could be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 28 / 38 28 / 38 28 / 38
Lv.6-14 30 / 40 30 / 40 30 / 40
Lv.15-19 31 / 41 31 / 41 31 / 41
Lv.20 32 / 42 32 / 42 32 / 42

Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.

  • Lv.3: Guardian Deity
  • Lv.10: Electronics Magician
  • Lv.15: Electronic Killer
  • Lv.20: Cyber Rhino

Skin Galleries

Description

Light gray body

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EA-18G Event Skin 01 Icon

Description

Dark blue with silver lines

Availability

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Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"This carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft is a modified version of the F/A-18. Its primary role is to minimize threat to itself and the squadron by jamming enemy radar. It is often employed when an enemy offensive is apparent."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Complete mission 14C: The Final Overture - Jupiter Strike Team. Costs 109,000 credits.

Statistics

  • Speed: 78
  • Mobility: 75
  • Stability: 74
  • Defense: 52
  • Air-to-Air: 65
  • Air-to-Ground: 69

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Air superiority gray
  • Mercenary: Two-tone gray with black nose
  • Soldier: Three-tone brown with grey nose
  • Knight: Ocean blue camouflage with white nose
  • Special: Two-tone light blue camouflage

Named Pilots

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Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"This carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft is a modified version of the F/A-18. Its primary role is to minimize threat to the squadron by jamming enemy radar."
Hangar

How to Unlock

Fill the Kill Rate Gauge of the F/A-18E Super Hornet. Costs Ƶ21,000 per plane.

Statistics

  • Speed: 78
  • Mobility: 75
  • Stability: 74
  • Defense: 52
  • Air-to-Air: 65
  • Air-to-Ground: 69

Weapons

Colors

Named Pilots

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Trivia

  • In real life, the EA-18G Growler does not feature the F/A-18F Super Hornet's wingtip missiles or nose-mounted gun.
    • In Ace Combat 5 and Zero, the Growler is simply a reused F/A-18F and has both wingtip missiles and the nose-mounted gun. This may have been based on the conceptual Airborne Electronic Attack variant of the Growler, first flown in 2001.[5]
    • In Infinity and Ace Combat 7, the Growler's wingtip missiles are replaced by the receiver antennas it has in real life, but it still featured the nose-mounted gun. The Growler in these two games are similar to a proposed variant that would have hybridized features of the Growler and Super Hornet.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 SP Mission 01: "Unexpected Visitor", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  2. Toy Box. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy.
  3. EA-18G -Beast- 4 Star Aircraft hangar description. Ace Combat Infinity.
  4. "Desert Lightning", Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
  5. Boeing Successfully Completes Initial Flight Demonstration of EA-18 Airborne Electronic Attack Variant. MediaRoom. Published November 15, 2001. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  6. Boeing plots hybrid Super Hornet/Growler future. Flightglobal. Published June 25, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
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