Serving as the U.S. Navy’s dominant force in the skies, the F/A-18 Super Hornet is purpose-built to provide the Royal Canadian Air Force with the capabilities needed to meet its most challenging mission needs. The next-generation Block III Super Hornet design integrates the latest displays, processing and data link technology to provide an open architecture mission system with advanced networking infrastructure both on and off board that can continue to evolve at a pace that far exceeds current competitor upgrade plans.

With the most weapons at range and the most affordable life cycle costs in the competition, as well as Boeing’s commitment to providing guaranteed work for Canadian companies, the Block III Super Hornet provides Canada with the complete solution: a low-risk, evolutionary aircraft that puts capability in the hands of the RCAF today.

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800+ Super Hornets delivered
More than 10 million flight hours
Tested and proven regular upgrades

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~$18K USD per flight hour
Lower procurement cost
Lowest total life cycle costs

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Compatible with existing CF-18 infrastructure
and current RCAF air refueling tankers system.
Three active production lines
Easiest transition from current fleet

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Advanced Cockpit Display
Long-Range Infrared Search and Track
Advanced Networking
Conformal Fuel Tanks
Further Radar Cross Section Reductions

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Ideally suited for Northern operations
Latest generation radar and electronic warfare technology
9,900 lbs. weapons load
1.6 Mach speed

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10,000 hr. life airframe
Reduced aircrew/maintenance training
Block III production out to at least 2033


The next-generation Block III Super Hornet, uniquely suited for challenging Northern operations, is able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including cruise missile defense, air superiority, maritime strike, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.

When multi-role and multi-mission dominance is required in a single platform, the Super Hornet is the only answer. Supported by a 2-engine design, the F/A-18 is ideal for the NORAD mission. Additionally, the aircraft is capable of refueling other Super Hornets, serving as a force multiplier for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

Advanced processing, networking, survivability and range/payload provide an operational advantage against technologically advanced systems and adversaries provide the following benefits:

  • Enhanced network capability works in tandem with advanced cockpit display and onboard sensor fusion to help RCAF pilots process intel and detect long-range threats.
  • With 11 weapons stations, the Super Hornet gives pilots extraordinary payload flexibility by carrying 400+ configurations of air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance – more than any other tactical aircraft.
  • Advanced data link and threat detection allow Super Hornet to better receive, process and send key intel.
  • An Advanced Cockpit System and long-wave Infrared Search & Track help pilots detect and target threats at long-range for battlespace situational awareness.
  • Adaptability to stay ahead of threats and continually incorporate new capabilities to meet the demands of current and future missions.


The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet is designed to meet Canada's broad range of mission needs at an affordable price. The cost to procure and maintain the aircraft is lower than other platforms, making it an affordable, total life cycle solution to operate for decades. With the lowest operational flight hour costs among all US tactical aircraft in production, combined with lower procurement costs, Super Hornet Block III saves billions of dollars over the aircraft's 10,000+ hour lifetime. Furthermore, the selection of Super Hornet means Canada can leverage billions of dollars they've invested over decades in the CF-18.


Driven by a newly modernized production line, Super Hornet Block III offers Canada the most efficient and affordable means of transitioning operations from existing CF-18s to a new platform.

Selection of the Super Hornet will allow the RCAF to leverage existing CF-18 physical and intellectual infrastructure, significantly reducing aircrew and maintenance training requirements and achieving compatibility with the existing RCAF ground infrastructure and air refueling tankers – all of which results in a low-risk transition to operation of Canada's newest fighter.


Backed by a 100-year long partnership with Canada and an unmatched track record of meeting and exceeding industrial partnership commitments, Boeing is proud to offer the Super Hornet Block III and support the government’s capability and industrial requirements. Boeing has consistently supported the aerospace industry by contributing more than CAD$4 billion of economic benefit to Canada each year. Selection will also leverage the significant investment that the Government of Canada has made over the past decades in Canada’s fighter in-country, in-service support industry.

Boeing recently completed its Industrial and Regional Benefit (IRB) obligation for Canada’s initial purchase of four C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, which was just over CAD$1 billion. Not only did we meet our obligation, we exceeded it – completing it nearly one year early. If the Super Hornet Block III is selected, Boeing will commit to 100 percent Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) obligation measured in Canadian content, which means more investment in Canada.

Boeing's committed partnership with Canadian and U.S. Industry enhances its overall proposal to exceed ITB requirements. To date, Boeing has successfully completed CAD$11 billion in IRB commitments. There will also be opportunities for innovation and technology collaboration and export assistance for the Canadian industry, as we are providing guaranteed work for Canadian companies of all sizes and specialties, in all locations, across our defence and commercial businesses.

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