The CF-188 was produced in 1978 by McDonnell Douglas. The Government of Canada procured the CF-188 in 1982 and is still flown today. It is a multipurpose, high-performance twin engine fighter that can handle both air-to-air (air defence, air superiority, combat air patrol) and air-to-ground (close air support, battlefield interdiction) combat. Its on-board computer systems can quickly be re-programmed to the mission at hand.
It has a max speed of Mach 1.8, and is powered by two General Electric F404 low bypass turbofan engines.