A pair of 35th Tactical Fighter Wing F-4G Phantom II aircraft pass over the Saudi desert while on a training flight during Operation Desert Shield. The aircraft are carrying external fuel tanks on their outboard wing pylons and AGM-88 HARM high-speed anti-radiation missiles on their inboard wing pylons. Date Shot: 11 Jan 1991
Wild Weasels bait you into turning on your radars. Then they blow you to hell. F-16CJ aircraft have taken over the Wild Weasel role from the F-4Gs.
Question: Will the EA-18G “Growler” be a Wild Weasel? I realize that its primary mission is Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA), but it seems to me that the HARM missiles teamed with the electronic warfare sensor suite would make it an ideal Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) platform, as well. Plus, it’s a ‘G’ model.
Secondary (and related) question: Will the EA-18G carry the AN/ASQ-213 HARM Targeting System (HTS)? It seems like it probably should be able to, but I can’t find anything on it. Or is this capability built in (or surpassed by) the Growler’s other systems?