Australia requests $115m sale of AEA-18G electronic warfare system from US


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $115m sale of AEA-18G electronic warfare range system to Australia.

Under the sale, Australia has requested additional funding to a previously implemented case for two electronic warfare range systems to conduct electronic warfare and electronic surveillance training within the borders of the country.

The sale includes non-MDE costs for all support elements required to provide for system integration testing, tools and test equipment, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications, operations manuals, technical documents, personnel training, US Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The Government of Australia also requested for non-MDE funding to the basic case to provide for unfunded requirements to meet the scope of the basic case and provide for the sale of additional classified technical data and software, system integration and testing, tools and test equipment, support equipment.

The procurement of an electronic warfare range system will help Australia in current and future coalition operations.

"The procurement of an electronic warfare range system will help Australia in current and future coalition operations."

The range will also be used to enhance Australia's electronic warfare capabilities as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence.

Leidos and General Dynamics Mission Systems will serve as prime contractors for the sale.

Built by Boeing, the EA-18G Growler has been designed to provide tactical jamming and electronic protection to military forces.


Image: An EA-18G aligns itself for an at-sea landing. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Torrey W. Lee.