Defence Minister Anita Anand says the “threat environment” has changed in Canada, and so, too, much the country’s defence capabilities.
Anand announced on Monday that Canada will spend $4.9 billion over the next six years to modernize the decades-old continental defence system that Canada operates alongside the United States through the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD).
A major part of this overhaul will include replacing the current North Warning System — a chain of radar stations in the North — with the more sophisticated Northern Surveillance System.
The aging infrastructure was originally designed to watch out for Soviet bombers. The Liberal government first announced plans to update it in the 2021 federal budget. Anand said the $4.9 billion is the first installment of an estimated $40 billion in further military upgrades by Canada over the next 20 years to protect from enemy threats to continental security.
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