RCAF CF-188 Hornet

The supersonic CF-188 Hornet, popularly known as the CF-18, can engage both ground and aerial targets. Its twin engines generate enough thrust to lift 24 full-size pick-up trucks off the ground.

As the Royal Canadian Air Force’s frontline multi-role fighter, the modernized CF-188 is used for:

air defence
air superiority
tactical support
aerobatic demonstration
aerospace testing and evaluation
The CF-188 goes through a phased modernization program to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces have a modern and interoperable fighter fleet.

Because of its superior power and speed, and its exceptional tracking capabilities, the CF-188 has had great success in many military operations at home and abroad.

Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, Canada’s fighter force is committed to protecting North America from future threats. As part of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, our CF-188s maintain a constant state of alert to safeguard North American skies.

In 2014 CF-188s began patrolling European skies alongside our NATO partners to ensure security in the region, in support of Operation REASSURANCE.