CF-18 Hornet

The combat-proven CF-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, multi-mission, tactical aircraft. It converts between air-to-air fighter missions and air-to-ground strike missions while on the same sortie with the flick of a switch. The CF-18 fulfills the following types of assignment: fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close air support, and day and night strike missions.

Adapted from the F/A-18, the Canadian version of the jet features:
  • a searchlight beneath the fuselage for nighttime visual identifications
  • survival equipment adapted to the Canadian environment
  • various cockpit layout modifications

The F/A-18 Hornet has been deployed by the armed services of the following nations: United States (Navy and Marines), Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Finland, Switzerland, and Malaysia.

Program Milestones:
  • Boeing completed the CF-18 Modernization Project in March 2010 with delivery of the 79th upgraded CF-18 Hornet aircraft to Canada’s defence forces. The two-phase, nine-year incremental upgrade of Canada’s CF-18 Hornet fleet ensures an effective and operationally credible fighter force for Canada.
  • Phase 1 of the project, completed in 2006, upgraded the Canadian Hornet fleet’s avionics, radar, radio and weapons capabilities.
  • Phase 2, completed in March 2010, improved the data link system to ensure Canadian forces are interoperable with United States and other allied aircraft fleets and added the Boeing Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System to improve weapons targeting. New color cockpit displays to increase situational awareness were incorporated along with an upgraded, chaff-and-flare dipsensing electronic warfare system to improve survivability.