Canada Reiterated Commitment to North American Defense

Canada’s defense minister Anand said she plans to offer a plan to modernize continental defenses under North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The United States has been pushing for a cooperation with Canada in response to the hypersonic missile threat.

Anand said in her meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin at the Pentagon that she would lead Canada’s effort to strengthen continental defenses under NORAD in collaboration with the U.S.

While Anand did not reveal any specifics, Canada is expected to spend C$1 billion for a northward-facing, over-the-horizon radar system in the Arctic. Starting operation in 2028, the system would provide long-range surveillance to detect threats against the U.S. or Canadian cities.

Earlier this week, the Chief of NORAD, Gen. VanHerck said his command faces increasing threat from China and Russia especially regarding hypersonic missiles. Their maneuverability in flight makes them hard to detect and track. That’s why providing threat warning is a priority, Van Herck added.

The defense chiefs also discussed military aid to Ukraine. Austin lauded Canada’s commitment to support Ukraine after Ottawa provided eight armored vehicles as well as M777 howitzers.

Anand reiterated Canada’s commitment to support Ukraine and said it is prepared to defend NATO territory and provide security for North America.

The Canadian government this month committed to providing C$8 billion in new defense spending over the next five years. Canada also announced its fighter jet procurement decision of F-35s for C$19 billion (U.S. $15 billion).

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