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Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 6:35 pm

Hi,

I was wondering, why did Canada choose the F-18 as their advanced figher? Most NATO countries choose the F-16. From what I hear, the price tag, for an F-16 is significantly lower. Is that true?

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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 7:58 pm

Politics.. should have gone with another fighter.. !

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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 8:55 pm

So then, what would you say would've been a better choice?
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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 9:40 pm

Well, aside from Milo's patently incorrect answer, let's take a real look at the issue. Yes, the F/A-18 is more expensive than the F-16. In FY98, a new F/A-18 cost $39.5 million, whereas a new F-16 cost $26.9 million. When the RCAF expressed interest in buying a new fighter aircraft in 1977 they quickly narrowed the field down to two competitors - the F-16 and the F/A-18. While I cannot find the rationale for the decision in a published resource, my gut instinct would be that the F/A-18 was chosen because of its twin-engine design - the same reason why the Navy ignored the Congress and procured the F/A-18 instead of the F-16.
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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:34 pm

If my memory serves me correctly the F/A-18 being a twin-engined aircraft was a major deciding factor. The RCAF patrols some very inhospitable terrain. A pilot flying a single engined aircraft would be out of luck if that engine craped out. In addition it might be a awhile before a SAR chopper could get to him.
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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 12:03 am

Yup, I see those points. Makes perfect sense. Thank you  Smile
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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 3:46 am

A very old copy of "Modern Fighting Aircraft - F/A-18" by Mike Spick (published by Salamander Books, London in 1984) confirms that the choice of the F/A-18 over the F-16 was for two reasons. Firstly, as stated above, was the safety aspect of having a twin engine design. Secondly, the Canadian authorities felt that the larger F/A-18 had more growth potential than the F-16.
 
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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 4:02 am

The RCAF had a requirement for NORAD CAPs over large areas of Canada, as well as the NATO role in Germany.
In the late 1970s, when Canada was looking for a new fighter to replace not only F-104s, but F-101s too, the F-16 had yet to be cleared with medium range air to air missiles, the F-16As were then only AIM-9 Sidewinder capable, the air defence requirement needed AIM-7 Sparrows.
The F-18 was cleared for AIM-7s from the start, F-16s capable of medium range missile carriage would have to wait for the F-16C, and later still, modernised F-16As.
Another air defence mod for Canada was the addition of a spotlight in the forward fuselage, for night interceptions of Soviet long range aircraft.
 
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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 5:00 am

It was a twin, it's early versions could handle BFR missiles, and it was a lot cheaper then the aircraft the Forces Canada actually wanted....The Panavia Tornado.


Before you laugh remember that the F-101 and the F-104 really are point interceptors like the F.2 and F.3 versions of the Tornado.
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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 9:10 am

Guys,
You are correct, a twin engine was a must have. But I feel obliged to point out that the RCAF ceased to exist in 1969 when the various branches of the Army, Navy(RCN) and Air Force(RCAF) amalgamated into the Canadian Armed Forces(CAF). We still exist today as 1 Canadian Air Division within the Canadian Forces.

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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:35 pm

Just "Canadian Forces" now. Being "Armed" isn't PC. *sigh*

And as mentioned, the twin-engine configuration was a must. The Forces evaluated the F-15 as well, and had an F-14 for evaluation too - I remember seeing the pictures of them in the book "Sixty Years", a history of the RCAF & CAF.... but both had too hefty a price tag for the Canadian government to swallow.
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RE: Why Did Canada Choose The F-18?

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:59 pm

Actually its Forces Canada.

Still merging the services wasn't as big of a blunder as not replacing the Bonnaventure has turned out to be.
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