Airborne Electronic Warfare

Navy Needs To Make Good On EW Vows, AF General Says

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.

Meanwhile: Second bid stalls to re-role B-52s into jammers. The Stand-Off Jammer plan was scrapped, and now the Core Component Jammer (CCJ) concept is struggling.


  1. Murdoc, The Air Force has been doing joint ops since the early 90’s. I know because I was supposedto be an Air Force Navigator, but training was delayd for a couple years until the Navy and Air Force could work out the new training school. I ended up flying a desk and using my graduate degree to work on the next generation of electronics for radar and EW systems. Matt Roth

  2. The Air Force was decom’ing their last EF-111s without a replacement in the early-90s. The plan was to go hat in hand to congress about the lost capabilities only an USAF LtGen raised the BS flag. Capability was too important for National Security. Five purple EA-6B squadrons were stood up as replacements for the EF-111s. Based out of Whidbey and they made them do carrier Quals as well. Major shock to the USAF. USN uses 178 personnel to do what USAF was using 302 personnel for. Might have been the start of the sea-change in USAF that is resulting in 40,000 personnel reduction.