The Australian government will purchase Boeing-made (NYSE: BA) Growler electronic warfare systems for approximately $1.5 billion, Ministers for Defense Stephen Smith and Materiel Jason Clare announced Thursday.
The Growler system will be integrated into the Super Hornet aircraft, enabling the planes to jam the electronic systems of other aircraft and land-based radars and communications.
In May 2009, Australia made the decision to spend $35 million to wire 12 Super Hornets for conversion to the Growler configuration.
The acquisition will be made through the U.S. foreign military sales program and the purchase will include Growler conversion kits, spares, initial training systems and supporting equipment and systems.
The announcement said Australia made the purchase decision to gain continued access to Growler technology in support of future Australian Defense Force operations both on land and at sea.
Australia also announced its plans to spend almost $20 million for long lead item electronic equipment for the Growler.
After they acquire the technology, Australia will be the only country in the world besides the U.S which possesses Growler technology.