Frankly 3 out of 4 services need to invest in EW capacities. The USAF has let theres slide, and has had to borrow USN assets, the USMC has maintained theirs but it's aging and there seems limited interest in Investment of farther EW abilities into F35B right now. And the Army really needs to look into ground based as does the Marines."It will be well over five years before half of the Marines F/A-18 Hornet aircraft that heavily depend on EA-6B support are replaced, and at least three years before the system-of-system concept bears fruit."
LOL haven't seen 'system of system' in a while, where's
anyway, Opinion: Improve Land-based Electronic Warfare Aircraft Readiness
... there have been differences though:Frankly 3 out of 4 services need to invest in EW capacities. ...
interestinglyThe Marines plan on using Prowlers until about 2019. Heck the Marines will keep flying them until the wings fall off and they are held in the air by sheer force of will.
OK OK but I'm interested in the replacement and not in something like as old as me (LOL!), and the USNI News link (from Today at 8:42 AM) left me with an impression it should be F-35Bs, while the FlighGlobal link (from 8 minutes ago) mentioned 'MAGTF-EW' in this context ...Well like it says "Gradually Phase out."
OK I just hope the Marines won't outsmart themselves (or jam themselves)Likely a Combination, F35B's Radar system on it's own is a powerful Electronic warfare weapon. However some mission types would mean that you would want something else. V22 is a good platform for this as is KC130J or A Drone that is to say a EW platform that can loiter.