The McDonnell Douglas CF-18 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 Hornet is a 155-point Air Superiority Fighter, carrying four AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles, two AIM-7M Sparrow missiles, and a 20mm Vulcan cannon. The type is ideal for helicopter hunting, but can still engage enemy fighters at long ranges with its accurate AIM-7M. Its combination of arms and good speed allow the type to be used effectively to attack enemy strike platforms, as well. The CF-18 has a few drawbacks: its ECM is moderately powered, providing some protection from long-range radar guided missiles, but not particularly good protection for its 155 point cost. Also, the AIM-7M is a semi-active missile, which requires the CF-18 to continue to close with its target until the missile hits, leaving the CF-18 more vulnerable to return fire.
The CF-18 Hornet in Wargame: Red Dragon is a 150-point multirole combat aircraft carrying eight High-Explosive Anti-Tank cluster bombs, two AIM-9M Sidewinder AAMs, and a 20mm Vulcan cannon. In effect, the CF-18 and CF-188 have reversed roles, the latter having been the strike platform in AirLand Battle. The CF-18 has slightly improved ECM (30%) to improve survivability against long range SAMs and AAMs, and the type features Very Good air detection. The CF-18's combination of arms allows the type to attack enemy armored columns as well as enemy helicopters operating in its vicinity.
The CF-18's drawbacks are largely that it lacks a long range missile to defend itself, and a fighter escort should be considered for the CF-18 when sending it to attack enemy armor.