A RCAF CF-188 Hornet escorting a CC-150 Polaris (Image © Sgt Alain Martineau / DND-MDN Canada)

Canadian Hornets to strike in Southwest Asia

 A RCAF CF-188 Hornet escorting a CC-150 Polaris (Image © Sgt Alain Martineau / DND-MDN Canada)
A RCAF CF-188 Hornet escorting a CC-150 Polaris (Image © Sgt Alain Martineau / DND-MDN Canada)

The Royal Canadian Air Force will deploy up to six CF-188 Hornets, a CC-150 Polaris tanker/airlifter and two CP-140 Aurora MPA/reconnaissance aircraft to a yet unknown airbase in Southwest Asia for a six-month deployment. The Canadian aircraft will join the bombing and air support campaign under US command against positions of the so-called Islamic State forces (ISIS / ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the Canadian House of Commons on Friday about the planned deployment. The mission will likely also involve airlift support from the RCAF’s CC-177 Globemaster IIIs and possibly even CC-130J Hercules airlifters. The CC-150 Polaris – which is an Airbus A330MRTT – will be flying mainly as a tanker, while the pair of Lockheed CP-140s (Canadian version of the P-3 Orion) will be engaged in collecting data and might even make bomb damage assessment photos after air strikes.

Like the Netherlands the Canadian deployment will be the second foreign operation at the same time, as six CF-188s currently operate from Šiauliai Airbase in Lithuania as part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission.

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