Aerospace Daily & Defense Report:
The Navy needs to stop criticizing Air Force electronic warfare plans and bring its EW capabilities to the joint fight, says Air Force Gen. Ronald Keys, Air Combat Command (ACC) commander.
Navy officials have been criticizing Air Force plans to use modified B-52 aircraft for certain electronic warfare needs. Not only would the plan take twice as long as the five years the Air Force said it would, Navy officials say, but the B-52 system would still have EW gaps.
The airborne electronic warfare issue has been a thorn for quite some time, and even though the first EA-18G ‘Growler’ was recently rolled out, things might be tight for some time. The Air Force’s main complaint is that the Navy is only ordering enough Growlers to cover Navy ops, not joint operations.
Incidentally, I didn’t know that Air Force pilots were flying some EA-6B Prowlers.