I know the Super Hornets were re-wired to carry Utility Pods on the Centerline,
I'm not sure if that "upgrade" filtered down to the Legacy Hornets.
(But the USMC Obviously has that Ability, and their New F/A-18C+s will be pretty much Super Hornets w/ Legacy Hornet Airframe)
Did the USMC Use Litening from Day 1, or did they provision Litening when the Navy Went with the ATFLIR, that's the Question..
Because if the USMC Selected the Litening to replace the AAS-38, AAS-38A, AAS-38Bs then it would be a later block than the target ED mentioned,.