Highlights / CF-18

International, Politics

NORAD intercepts Russian bombers, while discussing modernisation

Canadian and U.S jets had to scramble yesterday to intercept two Russian bombers heading for North America. The intercepts come even as Canada and the U.S are discussing a new framework for the bi-national North America Aerospace Defence Command, (NORAD). »

International, Society

Canadian fighter jets deploy in Romania for NATO mission

Four Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornet fighter jets have arrived in Romania for a four-month deployment under NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission. The Canadian aircraft and about 135 supporting Canadian Armed Forces personnel will be based at the »

Society

RCAF pilot dead after CF-18 fighter jet crashes in Western Canada

A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot died today when his single-seat CF-18 fighter jet crashed just after 11 a.m. in Western Canada, near the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The CF-18 from the 401 squadron in CFB Cold Lake, about »

Economy, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Canadian fighter jet purchase: still hanging in the air

The former Conservative government in Canada announced it would purchase 65 of the controversial Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to replace the now ageing fleet of Boeing CF-18 Hornets The incoming Liberal government said it would not go »

Politics, Society

Is Canada’s F-35 program turning into another Sea King debacle?

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and former prime minister Jean Chretien speak to the media in Hamilton, Ont., on September 13, 2015. © PC/JONATHAN HAYWARD As Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau prepares to formally assume power on Nov. 4, one of the first »

International, Politics, Society

Canada to withdraw fighter jets bombing IS targets

Canada’s newly-elected prime minister has renewed his pledge to withdraw Canadian CF-18s from the coalition bombing mission in Iraq and Syria. Justin Trudeau said he would instead focus on providing troops to train Iraqi soldiers. The United States has publicly »

Economy, Society

Missed deadlines, cost overruns: Canada well behind in re-equipping military

Canada is now many years behind in several programmes to re-equip its army, navy and air force.  Canada’s procurement process is complicated, involving different government agencies, often with conflicting priorities. Elinor Sloan prepared a detailed report for the University of »