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CF-105 Avro Arrow

Primary Function: Supersonic all weather interceptor
Contractor: Avro Aircraft Limited
Crew: Two
Unit Cost: $9.7 million per aircraft for about 200 aircraft
total cost $2 billion from 1959 to 1964

In 1958 the estimated cost of a CF-105 weapons system in a production program of 100, was about $12.6 million with the ASTRA fire control system SPARROW II weapon

In 1959 the average cost per weapons system for a program of 100 operational aircraft was estimated to be $7.81 million with the the U.S. Hughes MA-1 fire control system and the FALCON missile
  Arrow I: 2 Pratt & Whitney J-75 P5 turbojet engines

Arrow II: two Orenda Iroquois axial flow turbojet engines

Sources are in pretty enthusiastic disagreement as to the performance of these engines. The Pratt and Whitney J75 engine is variously reported as having approximately 12,500 lbs, 16,500 lb, or 18,000-lb static thrust and 18,000 lbs, 24,000 lb or 26,000-lb with afterburner. The Iroquois engine is variously reported as having 19,250 lbs, 23,000-lb or 26,000lb static thrust and 25,000 lbs or 30,000-lb with afterburner.
Length: 85 feet 6 inches (26.1 meters)
Wingspan: 50 feet (15.2 meters)
Height: 21 feet 3 inches (6.5 meters)
Empty: 43,960 lb (19,935 kg)
Gross: 62,431 lb (28,319 kg)
Speed: 1,524 mph (2,453 km/h)
Ceiling: 58,500 ft (17,830 m)
Range: 820 mi (1,330 km)
  Four Velvet Glove missiles [Initially, prior to 1956]
Four AIM-4 Falcon [1959] or Sparrow II [1958] missiles
Service Life
First Flight: March 25, 1958
Cancelled: Feb 19, 1959
Number Built: 6 built
8 development
29 pre-production order
169 production order

The original requirements in 1953 for between 500 and 600 aircraft of the CF-105 fighter had been drastically reduced.

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