High Tech Work: Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA)
Integrated Program Team (IPT) provides support to a variety of weapon systems, including major upgrades to the EA-6B Prowler and development of its replacement, the EA-18G Growler.
The EA-6B Labs support the primary mission of the EA-6B Prowler; to suppress enemy air defenses in support of strike aircraft and ground troops by interrupting enemy electronic activity and obtaining tactical electronic intelligence within the combat area. The EA-6B Labs operate 24/7 in support of the warfighter, working to help provide an umbrella of protection for strike aircraft, ground troops and ships by assisting the EA-6B platform to effectively jam enemy radar and electronic data links. The EA-6B Labs are also involved in several GWOT (Global War on Terror) programs to bring additional new capabilities in short time to the war fighter.
As the mission of EA-6B Prowler airborne electronic attack transitions to a new platform, the EA-18G Growler, the EA-18G Lab is working to make sure the battle group of the future will have continuing sustained electronic jamming support to meet the ever-changing threat. The Lab is connected via a secure network with the F/A-18 Advanced Weapons Laboratory at China Lake to ensure that present Prowler capabilities are successfully transitioned to the Growler during post-production upgrades.