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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 3000 L
Icon WRD T.O.T. 85 s
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 = 1400 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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