The major subsystems at the heart of the F/A-18E/F are finally fleet-ready, after years of development, although several key warfighting features will take a while longer before they are fielded. The past year has been a busy one for the F/A-18E/F. The strike fighter saw first combat action almost exactly a year ago, as part of the no-fly zone enforcement in southern Iraq. During the recent Iraq war, the first operational F/A-18E squadron, VFA-115 on the USS Abraham Lincoln, dropped ...

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