Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget

Part 3: Capital Measures (Continued)


Growler electronic warfare system — acquisition of 12 EA‑18G (Super Hornet) Growler aircraft

Capital ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence 200.0

The Government will provide $2,974.4 million over nine years from 2013‑14 to 2021‑22 to acquire 12 EA‑18G (Super Hornet) Growler aircraft, weapons and associated support systems. In addition, the Government has given First Pass approval for personnel and operating costs of $3,143.8 million to support this capability until 2029‑30.

The purchase of new Growler aircraft supersedes the previous Government decision to convert 12 existing Royal Australian Air Force F/A‑18F Super Hornet aircraft to Growler configuration announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012‑13.

The Growler capability will give the Australian Defence Force the capacity to disrupt electronic systems and an enhanced capacity to undertake intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The majority of the costs of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Defence, with an additional $200.0 million provided in 2014‑15.

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