|Some time back, the USAF announced F-15's would be configured to carry and launch the PAC-3 missile. Is there a specific reason the PAC-3 (around 700lbs) couldn't be launched from an F-18 Super Hornet? Is it too long (at 17ft), or is it just because only the USAF has expressed an interest in doing so?
It would seem that by carrying PAC-3's on the F-18E/F, you could greatly extend your anti-missile (including cruise missile) defensive range for the carrier fleet.
Additionally, if the above answer is positive, are there any reasons it wouldn't also be possible for an F-18 to launch the much longer range,2000lb PAC-2?