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The Conversation Killer
A U.S. Navy attack jet screams into battle to jam an enemy's communications. Unfortunately, blocking the airwaves is indiscriminate, silencing friendly transmissions in the process. But the Navy's new EA-18G, known as the Growler, automatically detects and blocks the enemy's entire spectrum of communications--including radio, radar, Wi-Fi and cellphones--while leaving a UHF channel open for Navy dispatches. It also carries HARM missiles that seek and destroy ground-communications equipment. Coming off its final round of flight tests, it will lead Navy pilots into action in September.