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CF-116 Freedom Fighter
WargameAB CF116 3
Info
Nation Flag of Canada Canada
Class Ground Attack Aircraft
Cost 70 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0
Icon WALB Strength 10
Icon WALB ECM 0%
Icon WRD Air Detection Good
Speed 750 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Poor
Fuel Capacity 4000 L
Icon WRD T.O.T. 120 s
Icon WRD Turn radius 400
Stabilizer Very Good
Icon WALB Year 1968
Icon WALB Type Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support
Weapons
Autocannon Pontiac M39A2 (20mm)
Bomb Mk 83 (500kg)

The CF-116 Freedom Fighter is a Canadian multi-role fighter available to NATO forces.

HistoryEdit

The Canadair CF-5 (officially designated "CF-116 Freedom Fighter") is the Canadair license-built version of the American Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter aircraft for the Canadian Forces. It is a twin-engine, single-seat multi-role combat aircraft. The CF-5 was upgraded periodically throughout its service career in Canada. The Canadian Forces retired the type in 1995, although CF-5s continued to be used by other countries into the early 21st century.

The CF-5 was ordered by the Royal Canadian Air Force, which became part of the Canadian Forces on 1 February 1968. The new unified force took delivery of the first CF-5s (it was almost universally referred to as the CF-5 except in official documentation) at the end of 1968. Total production by Canadair for Canadian Forces was 89 single-seat aircraft and 46 dual-seat aircraft.

OverviewEdit

AirLand BattleEdit

The CF-116 Freedom Fighter is a relatively inexpensive air superiority fighter available to Canadian and NATO decks. The CF-116 carries six AIM-9J Sidewinder missiles, and two 20mm Pontiac M39A2 cannons, making the type an ideal helicopter hunter. The major drawbacks of the CF-116 are its lack of a long-range missile compliment, and lack of ECM. Both of these factors make the CF-116 vulnerable to enemy fighters, or Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS). At a cost of 70 points per aircraft, however, the CF-116's offensive capabilities against either helicopters or enemy strike platforms largely offset its drawbacks.

Red DragonEdit

The CF-116 in Wargame: Red Dragon is a ground attack aircraft, carrying three Mk. 83 500kg bombs and a pair of 20mm Pontiac M39A2 cannons. The Mk. 83 bombs provide the CF-116 with good striking capability, and can damage or destroy infantry, and lightly or moderately armored vehicles. The CF-116's powerful strike ability for its inexpensive cost (70 points per plane) is offset by its lack of ECM, lack of missiles for close-range defense, and relatively slow speed compared to other strike platforms (750km/h). A fighter escort is highly recommended to cover the CF-116, and destroying enemy IADS prior to striking with this aircraft is paramount to success.

WeaponsEdit

AirLand BattleEdit

Weapons
Type Autocannon AAM No Weapon
Name Twin Pontiac M39A2 AIM-9J Sidewinder
Caliber 20mm AoE, F&F
Ammo x 280 x 6
Range Ground = 2100 m
Helicopters = 1400 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 2100 m
Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = 1750 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 2800 m
Accuracy 6 8
Icon WRD Stabilizer N/A N/A
AP Power 0 0
HE Power 1 4
Icon WALB Suppression 46 160
Rate of fire 1499 r/min 30 r/min

Red DragonEdit

Weapons WRD Icon Twin M39A2 WRD Icon Mk.83
Type Autocannon Bomb No Weapon
Name Twin Pontiac M39A2 Mk. 83
Caliber 20mm AoE
Ammo x 280 x 3
Range Ground = 2100 m
Helicopters = 1575 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 2100 m
Ground = 3500 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 30% 20%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 30% N/A
AP Power 0 0
HE Power 1 15
Icon WALB Suppression 46 834
Rate of fire 1499 r/min 33 r/min

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

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