Canada’s Defense Minister Vows To Help US Upgrade North America’s Missile Defense System
Ottawa has committed to invest at least $3.8 billion over the next six years to modernize a joint US-Canada early warning system known as the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Department of Defense and the Department of Defense. Defense Secretary Anita Anand announced Monday.
“When autocracies like Russia threaten the rules-based international order that has protected us for decades, as our climate changes, and as our adversaries develop new technologies, such as hypersonic weapons and advanced cruise missiles, there is an urgent need to modernize Canada’s NORAD capabilities.” Anand speak as quoted by CBC.
Anand said the initial $3.8 billion investment (C$4.9 billion) is just the first part of an even more ambitious plan to spend up to $31 billion (C$40 billion). ) over the next two decades. She did not provide specifics on where the money would go, but named several areas the initiative would focus on, including a radar system that sees across the Arctic horizon, a project space-based surveillance and a new system named “Crossbow” with early warning sensors deployed nationwide.
Speaking at an air base in Trenton, Ontario, Anand repeatedly pointed to Russia’s military activity in Ukraine as the reason why the Ottawa government decided to commit billions of dollars to upgrade its aging missile warning system. .
“NORAD has continuously adapted and evolved in response to new threats. Today, we turn another page and begin the next chapter of NORAD,” Anand added, without providing a specific schedule, and explained that for now all existing systems will remain operational until the expected upgrades are made.
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