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Canada spent $25 M bombing Gadhafi forces
« on: April 18, 2012, 08:13:32 PM »
Canada spent $25 M bombing Gadhafi forces

By Jeff Davis and Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News April 18, 2012 6:02 PM

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Two CF-18 pilots from Canadian Forces 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron in Bagotville, walk across the tarmac at the Birgi NATO Airbase in Trapani, Sicily, March 24, 2011 during their deployment to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya.

OTTAWA — Canada spent $25 million on the roughly 700 bombs the Royal Canadian Air Force dropped on Libya during last year's rebel uprising that deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Each bomb, the Department of National Defence told Postmedia News, cost between $34,000 and $43,000.

Canada deployed seven of its aging CF-18 fighter jets to participate in the NATO-led mission, which raged from February to October 2011. The squadron was based in Sicily, and participated in bombing runs against pro-Gadhafi forces and helped enforce the no-fly zone over Libya's skies.

All of the 695 bombs dropped by the RCAF in the course of conflict were so-called "smart bombs," which are guided into their targets as they fall.

About 98 per cent of bombs dropped were from the Paveway II family of laser-guided smart bombs, commonly used by the American military. Canada favoured the smaller 500-pound version of the bomb - dropping 495 - as opposed to the 2000-pound version, of which the RCAF dropped 188.

The RCAF also appears to have experimented with the Joint Direct Attack Munition family of GPS-guided smart bombs, dropping just 11 of the 500-pound versions and two 2,000-pound versions.

Air-dropped bombs are no longer manufactured in Canada, since the SNC-Lavalin munitions factories in Quebec were sold to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems-Canada Inc. in 2007.

Without a domestic supplier, the RCAF must look south of the border to buy bombs.

"The majority of the ordnance dropped by the CF-18 Hornet is procured from American sources," Josee Hunter, a spokeswoman for DND said.



Bomb Type — number dropped — unit cost — total cost

GBU 12 Paveway II — 500 lbs. — 495 x $35,000 = $17,325,000

GBU 10 Paveway II — 2000 lbs. — 188 x $37,500 = $7,050,000

GBU 38 JDAM — 500 lbs. — 11 x $34,000 = $374,000

GBU 31 JDAM — 2000 lbs. — 2 x $43,000 = $86,000
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