|Class||Air Superiority Fighter|
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Air Detection||Very Good|
|Fuel Capacity||4000 L|
|Type||Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|Gatling Gun||M61A1 Vulcan (20mm)|
The CF-188 Hornet is an exported variant of the F/A-18 Hornet for Canada that was introduced in Wargame: AirLand Battle.
The McDonnell Douglas CF-188 Hornet is a twin-engine, two-tail, single-seat, supersonic multi-role fighter used by the Royal Canadian Air Force. After the need to replace the CF-104 Starfighter was identified in 1977, Canada assessed several NATO aircraft to fill the role. In 1980, the F/A-18 Hornet was announced as the winner, and 98 single-seat models, along with 40 dual-seat models were ordered. The Canadian CF-18 is largely identical to US Navy variants of the F/A-18 Hornet.
In Wargame: AirLand Battle, the CF-188 is a 165-point Multi-Role Combat Aircraft, carrying eight High-Explosive Anti-Tank cluster bombs, four AIM-9M Sidewinder AAMs, and a 20mm Vulcan cannon. The aircraft has good top speed, and Medium ECM. The combination of arms found on the CF-188 makes the type particularly good for attacking either armored columns, or enemy helicopters. The four highly-accurate AIM-9M's combined with the Vulcan cannon give the CF-188 several shots to deal with multiple enemy helicopters.
The chief drawbacks of the CF-188 are is ECM and the lack of a long-range air to air missile. At 165 points per aircraft with Medium ECM, making forward attacks with the CF-188 through enemy Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) is not the best choice, and leaves the aircraft vulnerable to long-range SAMs and AAMs. Its lack of a long-range missile also makes the aircraft more vulnerable to enemy fighters, though the large compliment of AIM-9's allows the bird to defend itself well if enemy aircraft get close.
In Wargame: Red Dragon, the CF-188 is a 150-point Air Superiority Fighter, carrying six AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles, two AIM-7M Sparrow missiles, and a 20mm Vulcan cannon. The aircraft has good ECM (30%), Very Good air detection, and a top speed of 1000km/h. With its six AIM-9M's, the CF-118 is an ideal helicopter hunter, and the AIM-7M armament also allows the aircraft to engage enemy fighters at longer ranges. The same Sidewinder compliment makes the aircraft deadly to enemy fighters if they get in close.
The main drawbacks of the CF-188 in Red Dragon are its lack of a long-range fire-and-forget missile, and that its ECM, while good, is not as good as that found on higher-cost threat fighters, which leaves the aircraft more vulnerable to return fire at longer range.