Northrop Grumman has successfully tested the AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening targeting pod in a F/A-18F Super Hornet, which should enable the F/A-18F to continue as one of the most sophisticated non-stealth fighters.


Maya Carlin writing in 19FortyFive makes the following points:
  • The Classic Hornet was the first tactical airframe designed for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
  • The first fighter to use digital fly-by-wire flight controls and feature carbon fibre wings.
  • All F/A-18s can undertake air superiority, reconnaissance, fighter escort, and close air support.



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