EA-18G Used as a Mission Controller for 2x EA-18G autonomous drones

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Boeing and U.S. Navy Successfully Link Piloted, Unmanned Growlers |
Test show ability of F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler pilots to remotely control fighter and |
attack platforms from the cockpit
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 4, 2020 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy successfully flew two autonomously
controlled EA-18G Growlers at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as unmanned air systems using a third Growler
as a mission controller for the other two.

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The flights, conducted during the Navy Warfare Development Command’s annual fleet experiment (FLEX) )
exercises, proved the effectiveness of technology allowing F/A-18 Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers to
perform combat missions with unmanned systems.

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“This demonstration allows Boeing and the Navy the opportunity to analyze the data collected and decide where
to make investments in future technologies,” said Tom Brandt, Boeing Manned-UnManned Teaming demonstration |
lead. “It could provide synergy with other U.S. Navy unmanned systems in development across the spectrum and
in other services.” |

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Over the course of four flights, 21 demonstration missions were completed. |
“This technology allows the Navy to extend the reach of sensors while keeping manned aircraft out of harm’s way,” |
Brandt said. “It’s a force multiplier that enables a single aircrew to control multiple aircraft without greatly
increasing workload. It has the potential to increase survivability as well as situational awareness.”

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The full press release said:

This technology allows the Navy to extend the reach of sensors while keeping manned aircraft out of harm’s way…as well as enabling supervision of junior EF-18 pilots who may indulge in pornographic skywriting with their vapor trails.

:open_mouth:

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So do we use F-35s and remote control the F-15 missile trucks? Or this that too much for one man?

We could remote the F-35s from the F-15 back seat, as unmanned stealth-sensor / data gatherers.

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