Canada to spend $1 bil­lion on drones

SP's MAI - - UNMANNED -

The 69th Re­con­nais­sance Group reached an­other mile­stone re­cently with its first flight of a Block 40 RQ-4 Global Hawk from the flight­line here. Pre­vi­ously, the 69th RG had only con­ducted flights in de­ployed en­vi­ron­ments.

“We at the 69th Re­con­nais­sance Group are very proud of our first suc­cess­ful flight of the RQ-4 Global Hawk,” said Col. J. Scott Win­stead, 69th RG com­man­der. “It re­flects count­less hours of hard work and prepa­ra­tion on the part of our air­men, civil­ian part­ners and

The Cana­dian mil­i­tary in­tends to spend $1 bil­lion on armed drone air­craft. Se­nior Cana­dian de­fence lead­ers pitched the idea of spend­ing up to $600 mil­lion for armed drones to take part in the Libyan war shortly be­fore the con­flict ended.

The Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment ap­proved last month the is­su­ing of a re­quest to aero­space firms to pro­vide de­tails about the types of drones now avail­able. Com­pa­nies have un­til Septem­ber 28 to pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion.

In its re­quest to the in­dus­try, the gov­ern­ment pointed out the need for the un­manned air­craft to op­er­ate in the Arc­tic. The air­craft should also be able to carry pre­ci­sion-guided mu­ni­tions, the gov­ern­ment said.

“This ca­pa­bil­ity will al­low the (Cana­dian Forces) to fill crit­i­cal de­fi­cien­cies,” in­dus­try of­fi­cials were told in the re­quest for in­for­ma­tion sent to them on July 23.

The Cana­dian Forces has used un­armed UAVs at var­i­ous stages dur­ing the Afghan war. But it has been try­ing to pur­chase a new fleet of armed drones for years.

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