|Class||Multirole Combat Aircraft|
|Armor||Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Air Detection||Very Good|
|Fuel Capacity||4000 L|
|Type||Marines, Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support|
|Gatling Gun||M61A1 Vulcan (20mm)|
|ASM||AGM-84 Harpoon (Radar)|
|AAM||AIM-9M Sidewinder (IR)|
The CF-18 ASW is a Naval multi-role fighter available to Canadian and BLUFOR decks, first introduced in Wargame: Red Dragon.
The McDonnell Douglas CF-18 (official designation 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.
The CF-18 ASW is a 160-point Naval anti-ship variant of the CF-18/CF-188 available to Canadian and BLUFOR decks. It carries two AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, two AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles, and an internal 20mm Vulcan cannon. The CF-18 ASW features improved ECM compared to the CF-18/CF-188 (40%), making the type slightly more survivable against the tough surface to air threat brought on by enemy ships. The CF-18's AGM-84 compliment is powerful and accurate, and the type can also effectively attack enemy helicopters operating in its vicinity, or defend against enemy fighters at close range thanks to its AIM-9M's.
The drawbacks of the CF-18 ASW primarily revolve around its small weapons compliment. A single CF-18 with two AGM-84's is unlikely to damage REDFOR destroyers with superior CIWS, and will have to be sent in pairs to have a chance to saturate the target's defensive systems. The CF-18 also lacks a long range missile to deal with enemy threat fighters, leaving the type vulnerable to attack en-route to target. A fighter escort, then, is recommended when sending the CF-18 out on anti-shipping operations.