Yellowknife, NWT – American military officials have shed some light on what Canada could contribute to the missile-defence program.
Reports say conversations with U.S military personnel point to multi-purpose sensors in Canada’s Arctic, which could sniff out a wider range of potential threats other than just intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Systems like this are reportedly designed to also track maritime vessels, airplanes and small cruise missiles.
That would mean a defence system that has prompted so much debate in Canada over the years could potentially be just one single piece integrated into a broader binational military relationship.
Since the Arctic is a high-potential route for incoming missiles, military personnel in both countries say long-range discrimination radar there makes sense.
A new partnership on defence could also open the door for other conversations about deeper Canada – U.S co-operation.
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