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originally posted by: FredT
Canada has requested and been granted a purchase of the latest AMRAAM the AIM-120D. The only issue is that their of the missiles legacy F-18 lack the radar range to take advantage of the missiles expanded range. As it stand now, it exceeds the range of its radar. Would have worked lovely on the F-18E's but that seems unlikely nor does it seem likely they would spend the money needed to upgrade the aging F-18's to a AESA radar. I was a bit shocked however that they are still flying with Sparrow missiles........
That's a question the RCAF will now have to answer.
originally posted by: nwtrucker
Don't be shocked. IIRC, the F-18's predecessor in Canada was the CF-104 which was never missile capable and had no gun!!
By January of 1972, the CF-104s had all been converted from their nuclear and reconnaissance roles to that of conventional ground attack. A 20-mm Vulcan cannon was installed, and the fairing was removed from the cannon port. Twin bomb ejector rack carriers and multi-tube rocket launchers were installed.
originally posted by: tommyjo
a reply to: nwtrucker
As already posted the nukes were the dual key ones in Europe.
The B57 was also deployed with Canada's CF-104s in Germany
American B28s also equipped six Europe-based Canadian CF-104 squadrons known as the RCAF Nuclear Strike Force