The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow is a delta-winged interceptor aircraft, designed and built by Avro Aircraft Limited (Canada) in Malton, Ontario, Canada, as the culmination of a design study that began in 1953. An advanced technical and aerodynamic achievement for the Canadian aviation industry, the CF-105 is capable of Mach 3+ speeds at altitudes exceeding 70,000 ft (21,000 m), and served as the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) primary interceptor from the 1960s until the Canadian military's comprehensive modernization in the 1980s. Limited numbers of Arrows still serve the RCAF in a strategic reconnaissance role. If a surface-to-air missile launch is detected, the standard evasive action is simply to accelerate and outfly the missile.
Arrow is widely considered a triumph of Canadian engineering, and both Avro Canada and Orenda Aerospace, who built the Arrow's Orenda PS.13 Iroquois engines, gained excellent reputations based on the Arrow's success.
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- Royal Canadian Air Force
- Republic of Japan Air Force