CF-18 Hornet Multirole fighter

CF-18 Hornet Multirole fighter

CF-18 Hornet is a Multirole fighter of Canadian Forces aircraft. The Canadian Forces began receiving the CF-18 in 1982. CF-18s have supported NORAD air sovereignty patrols, participated in the Gulf War, the Kosovo War, and as part of the Canadian contribution to the international Libyan no-fly zone in 2011.

Role : Multirole fighter
Manufacturer : McDonnell Douglas / Boeing
First flight : 18 November 1978
Introduced : 7 January 1983
Primary user : Canadian Forces
Number built : 138
Unit cost : US$35 million(1977)
Developed from : McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

CF-18 Hornet Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Length: 56 ft 0 in (17.07 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in with Sidewinders (12.31 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.66 m)
  • Wing area: 400 ft2 (37.16 m2)
  • Airfoil: NACA 65A005 mod root, 65A003.5 mod tip
  • Empty weight: 23049 lb (10455 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 37150 lb (16850 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 51550 lb (23400 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofans, 16000 lbf (71.2 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.8 (1127 mph, 1814 km/h) at 36100 ft (11000 m)
  • Combat radius: 330 mi (290 nmi, 537 km) on hi-lo-lo-hi mission
  • Ferry range: 2070 mi (1800 nmi, 3330 km) (range without ordnance)
  • Service ceiling: 50000 ft (15000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 50000 ft/min (254 m/s)
  • Thrust/weight: 0.89

Armament

  • Nine Weapon/ Store Stations (5 pylons: 1 Under Fuselage and 4 Wing Stations) (2 LAU 116 located on sides of fuselage: deploys AIM 7 Sparrow and AMRAAM Missiles)(2 LAU 7 located on the wing tips: Deploys AIM 9 Sidewinder Missile), carrying up to 13700 lb (6215 kg) of missiles, rockets, bombs, fuel tanks, and pods
  • 1 × 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan internal gatling gun with 578 rounds, with a firing rate of 4000 or 6000 shots per minute
  • Missiles:
  • Air-to-air: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-7 Sparrow
  • Air-to-ground: AGM-65 Maverick, CRV7 rockets
  • Bombs: Paveway, Mk 82, Mk 83, Mk 84, GBU-10, -12, -16 and -24 laser guided bombs.

Avionics

  • Raytheon AN/APG-73 radar
  • BAE Systems AN/APX-111 IFF
  • Rockwell Collins AN/ARC-210 RT-1556/ARC VHF/UHF Radio
  • General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems AN/AYK-14 XN-8 mission computer
  • Smiths Aerospace AN/AYQ-9 Stores Management System
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