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duplex wrote: Anyway ,if Canada decides to cancel the F-35, the Super Hornet would be the first choice.
Would be amazed Canada would cancel the F35. Almost every country threatened to do so, but no one ever did.
Other types, as the Rafale and Typhoon are very expensive as well.
When did the F18 E/F became operational: 2001? Till so far exported to only one country and until 2012 not more than 24 exported.
Even a Rafale, Typhoon and Gripen C/D were more succesful.
There are too many competitors for the F18 to become an export success, especially when the F35 will be in full production.
Basically the design of the F18 goes back to 1965:
The aircraft's main design elements date to early 1965, from the internal Northrop project N-300. Evolved into the P-530 Cobra.
The P-530's wing planform and nose section was similar to the F-5. First flight 1974. (Quoted from wikipedia)