Sorry I'm late, didn't check the time.
General Dynamics - British Aerospace Engineering F/A-21 "Gryphon"
In the years following the Vietnam War (1967-1971) and the lessons learned from it, the United States Navy set out a requirement for a new all-weather fleet fighter with secondary ground attack capability. The aircraft was expected to reach a maximum speed of Mach 2.1, have a combat range of up to 800 Kms full-load with a ferry range of 1200 Kms, two-engines and have the capability to utilize laser-designated munitions in all types of weather, while still being able to defend the fleet from attack.
As time went on, the challenge slowly but inevitably morphed into request for a new naval strike plane. A RFI was floated across the board in late 1979, with proposals needing to be filed by 1982. At the time, the Navy was gearing up for a massive increase in force numbers, so it was questioned whether or not the budget existed to purchase such an aircraft. This notion was discarded by reassurances from Department of Defense and the White House.
With submissions by contenders Grumman, Lockheed, and McDonnell-Douglas, the joint-venture between GD and BAe was not seen as viable option due to both its ungainly size and questionable design characteristics. The aircraft filled out the list of requirements yet was believed to be both overweight and even possibly outmatched by the Grumman and McDD models. However, in the end, the Navy chose the outsider - and despite protests from Congress about GD having two major combat aircraft contracts under its belt, the F/A-21 was selected as the new strike fighter of the fleet in the fall of 1985. At first, money and material was slow to move, with the prototype only being rolled out by '87 - the first flight came the following spring - and the very first frontline squadron didn't induct the type until the end of 1988.
However, the Gryphon's luck soon changed once second Gulf war came about. Flying in low over Persian waters, the F/A-21 soon became well-known for its skill as a bombtruck, dropping thousands of pounds of ordinance on Iraqi positions whilst maintaining an edge over enemy fighters.
The aircraft continued on into the new century, at first flying strike missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and later on in the Third Pacific War. The latter saw the Gryphon being especially deadly when attacking fortified yet isolated Chinese positions in the South China Sea, with the final version of the aircraft - the F/A-21E - having the ability to not only use 'smart' munitions, but also the option to 'laze' targets for AGM-109 and AGM-168 ATACMS.
I'd make actual schemes but I waited too long to finish her. :c