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.
Source: Jeff Davis and Lee Berthiaume for Postmedia News/Ottawa Citizen.