Monday, May 05, 2014

Boeing hopes to build more “Growlers” for the U.S. Navy

(KTVI) – Boeing delivers its 100th Growler jet to the U.S. Navy and the company is celebrating, but it’s also hoping to land a contract to build more Growlers.

The “Growler” is an electronic warfare version of the f-18. It’s designed to block enemy radar and radio systems.  Production of the Growler at Boeing will end in 2016 unless Congress approves funding to build 22 more in next year’s federal budget.

The price tag for each is about $60 million.   The Navy wants the jets and calls them an important part of future combat operations.

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