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The F/A-18C in reality.

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to attack air and ground targets. The F/A-18 was derived from the YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations. It has been the aerial demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, since 1986.

The fighter's primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses), air interdiction, close air support and Aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the F-14A Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.

Battlefield 2Edit

F/A-18A Hornet
Vehicle passengers

(1 total)

Main weapon

M61 Vulcan 20mm gatling cannon

Main weapon fire mode


Main weapon ammuntion per reload


Secondary weapon

AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles
Mark 80 iron bombs

Secondard weapon ammuntion per reload

6 (AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles)
2 (Mark 80 iron bombs)



Vehicle speed


Vehicle maneuverability




BF2 F-18 Idle


BF2 F-18 In-flight

Firing the M61 Vulcan

BF2 F-18 M61 Firing

Firing the AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles

BF2 F-18 AIM-9 Firing

Firing the Mark 80 iron bombs

BF2 F-18 Mk 80 Bombs
Camouflages available



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The F/A-18A Hornet appears in Battlefield 2 as one of the four USMC Fixed-wing aircraft in the game, along with the F-35B, F-15E Strike Eagle and A-10 Thunderbolt II.

Compared to the F-35BEdit

The two aircraft are similar as they have the same armament and belong to the same faction. The F-35 does however, have VTOL/STOL capabilities making it more versatile than the F/A-18. This gives the F/A-18 slightly worse combat statistics than the F-35B.


Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit

Two F/A-18C Hornets appear in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 acting as air support in the missions Cold War and High Value Target. One also crashes in the cutscene after a US defeat on Valparaiso. Two F/A-18s can be seen bombing near the middle of the map at the beginning of a match on Panama Canal, alongside radio chatter. These bombs cannot harm the player, even if one makes it to the target zone before the jets arrive. Two more Hornets also appear bombing the RU spawn after a US victory on Panama Canal, as well as another two bombing base Charlie after a US victory on Laguna Alta. Two more can also be seen flying past the map on Isla Innocentes, after the US destroys the first two M-COMs. The F/A-18 is never usable by the player.

Battlefield 3Edit

"A multirole jet fighter aircraft introduced in 1983 and used today by the USMC. The C and D variants include upgraded avionics and weapons capability."
— Battlelog description.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet (both E and F variants) appears in Battefield 3 singleplayer and multiplayer.


F/A-18F Super Hornet
BF3 Going Hunting
Vehicle optics

AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Targeting Pod
Infrared Optics

Main weapon


Tertiary weapon

AIM-9 Sidewinders
AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation missile

2nd passenger weapon

M61 Vulcan


MJU-7A Infrared Decoy Flare


United States Navy

The F/A-18F Super Hornet is a two-seater variant of the F/A-18. It appears in the singleplayer mission Going Hunting, with Jennifer Hawkins and her pilot operating as call sign "Shark 4-6" They engage IRIAF jets over Iranian skies and destroy targets at Mehrabad International Airport. It can utilize the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile, the M61 Vulcan 20mm gatling gun, IR Countermeasures (Flares), and the AGM-88 HARM Anti-Radar missile, as well as a laser designator to paint targets for GBUs and A-10 Strikes.


F/A-18E Super Hornet
BF3BL F-18
Vehicle health


Disable threshold


Vehicle passengers

(1 total)

Main weapon

M61 Vulcan 20mm gatling cannon

Main weapon damage

45 per bullet, with no damage drop

Main weapon reload time

3 seconds (Belt Speed: 2,5 seconds)

Main weapon fire mode

3 seconds of sustained fire
(Belt Speed: 4 seconds)

Secondary weapon

Heat Seekers (AIM-9 Sidewinder, 700 points)
Rocket Pods (Hydra 70, 6200 points)
Guided Missile (AGM-65 Maverick, 24000 points)


Air Radar (8600 points)
Beam Scanning (29000 points)


Proximity Scan (4200 points)


IR Flares (300 points)
Extinguisher (11600 points)
ECM Jammer (35000 points)

Vehicle speed

Landing Gear: 0-245 knots
Cruise: 340-345 knots
Afterburner: 420-425 knots

Vehicle maneuverability


Camouflages available

Stealth (1500 points)


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The F/A-18E Super Hornet is a single-seat variant of the F/A-18 Super Hornet family. The F/A-18E Super Hornet appears in Battlefield 3 as the US main fighter jet. It is equivalent to the Su-35BM Flanker-E. It also features a stick-shaker mechanism to warn players of imminent stalls, signified by a loud bang. 

Being a multirole fighter the F/A-18E Super Hornet has a 20mm gun and optional air-to-ground Rocket Pods and Guided Missiles or Heat seeking Missiles for air-to-air purposes. 

The F/A-18E appears only in certain maps in Conquest gamemode. It does not appear in any Back to Karkand maps, where the F-35 is instead featured against the Su-35BM.

At one time, IR Flares were the initial unlock at 300 Jet Fighter score. The requirement has since been abolished, with flares effectively being available from first use, as newer pilots have trouble negotiating anti-air threats from both ground and other aircraft.


Battlefield 4Edit

In Battlefield 4, the F/A-18E Superhornet appears in the South China Sea and Suez missions. It is only used as scenery and is not included nor flyable in multiplayer.


  • The F/A-18 in Battlelog is an F/A-18A Hornet from Battlefield 2.

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