The F/A-18 entered service in 1983. In both the single seat A variant and the 2 seat B variant, it began replacing F-4's and A-7's in USN and US Marine squadrons. The Hornet has also been an export success, with at least 7 other air forces operating it. It has also been continually upgraded with the later C/D models and eventually the E/F Super Hornet models. The Hornet has seen action over Libya, in the First Gulf War, Bosnia, and the Second Gulf War. It proved capable of fending off enemy fighters, whilst still carrying its bomb load and then continuing to attack the assigned ground targets. The F/A-18E (and F) are now the US Navy's main fighter aircraft.
Eduard have repackaged the Hasegawa F/A-18E kit, adding their own canopy/wheel mask set, colour photo etch metal parts, resin wheels + ejector seat and a new decal set (Cartograf) with 5 different US Navy aircraft options.