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"These EW aircraft move too slow!"
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

Strangereal

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.

Gallery

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"."
Hangar

How to Unlock

The EA-18G is available through the Aircraft Tree.
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL ESM LASM ECM SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 625 281,600 413 114 3 E D D+ D+ D E
2 665 42,240 454 116 4 E+ D D+ D+ D E+
3 705 70,400 495 118 5 D D+ C C D+ E+
4 745 112,640 536 120 6 12 D+ D+ C C C D
5 785 168,960 578 124 7 14 D+ C C+ C C D+
6 825 436,480[a] 619 128 8 16 C C C+ C C C
7 865 197,120 660 132 9 18 11 C C+ C+ C+ C+ C+
8 905 246,400 702 136 10 20 12 C+ B C+ C+ C+ B
9 945 478,720 743 140 11 21 13 C+ B B B C+ B+
10 985 901,120 785 144 12 22 14 B B+ B B B A+
11 1032 1,802,240 826 148 13 23 15 B+ B+ B+ B B A+
12 1079 1,422,080 867 152 14 24 16 B+ A B+ B+ B S
13 1126 2,647,040 909 156 15 25 17 A A+ A B+ B+ S
14 1173 3,604,480 950 160 16 26 18 A+ A+ A B+ B+ S+
15 1220 4,547,840 992 164 18 28 20 S S A+ A A S+
16 1281 6,589,440 1030 166 19 29 21 S S A+ A A S+
17 1340 7,518,720 1069 168 20 30 22 S+ S+ A+ A A S+
18 1399 8,462,080 1107 170 21 31 23 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+
19 1458 10,813,440 1146 172 22 32 24 S+ S+ S A+ A+ S+
20 1517 13,643,520 1185 174 34 34 26 S+ S+ S S S S++
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 28 BODY, 28 ARMS, and 28 MISC part slots. See Tuning § Slot Expansion for further information.
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
Gallery

EA-18G Event Skin 01 Icon.png

Description

Dark blue with silver lines

Availability

Gallery

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

Gallery

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

Gallery

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]

Footnotes

  1. Players could use one Nonstandard Upgrade Request Form instead of credits for the Lv.6 upgrade.

References

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