The New Fighter Aircraft (NFA) was a Canadian Forces program in the late 1970s to select a single new fighter aircraft to replace the fleet of CF-101 Voodoo interceptors, CF-104 Starfighter attack aircraft and CF-5 Freedom Fighter light fighters. Several aircraft were considered during the program, which led to some internal friction within the Canadian Government as different aircraft were favoured among different departments. In spite of two changes of government, and after a somewhat contentious selection process starting on 17 March 1977, the F/A-18 was selected as the winner of the NFA program on 10 April 1980. A total of 138 CF-18 Hornets were delivered between 1982 and 1988.
The Canadian Forces had suffered from a long period of neglect and downsizing during the late 1960s and early 1970s that led to the aging of much of their military equipment. In the early 1970s the government came under increasing pressure from its NATO allies to redress this imbalance. This period came to an end in November 1975 after the Liberal government's tenth National Convention reversed their earlier military drawdowns and began a process of modernization across the entire Forces structure. As there had been little military capital expenditure over the prior five years, modernizing the... Read More