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Russia resuming bomber, submarine patrols near North America after pause: Norad

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Lee Berthiaume, Canadian Press

Published Monday, November 21, 2022 at 8:08 PM EST

Last Updated Monday 21 November 2022 8:18 PM EST

After a brief hiatus in the early months of the war in Ukraine, Russia began sending long-range bombers back into North American airspace across the Arctic Circle, according to a senior Canadian military official.

Russian submarines are also active on both coasts as Moscow seeks to demonstrate its ability to strike Canada and the United States, he said. Alain Pelletier, Deputy Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Force.

Peltier told the Senate Defense Committee on Monday: “This year has seen a decline, especially since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine on February 24. However, some of these activities have now resumed. ‘ said.

“Activities are not limited to long-range aviation. Russia is now using submarines on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to really demonstrate its strategic capabilities and pose a threat to North America. .”

Peltier did not provide more specific details, but Norad officials said last month that two Russian long-range bombers had been intercepted by American fighters after they approached Alaska. did not enter North American airspace prior to departure.

Pelletier and other defense officials also confirmed that Canada and the United States have begun work on modernizing the shared early warning system Norad, which constitutes North America’s first line of defense against foreign air attacks.

The liberal government announced in June plans for Ottawa to invest $4.9 billion over six years and $40 billion over the next 20 years to work with Washington, DC, to upgrade its system.

This includes a series of radars from the 1980s in northern Canada (which form the backbone of this country’s contribution to Norad), replaced by more modern systems capable of seeing farther and detecting and tracking new types of weaponry. includes replacing with

“We are in the very early stages,” said Jonathan Quinn of the Department of Defense. We have a detailed plan that includes

This is especially because Russia and China have begun to show their power in the Arctic and have begun developing new weapons that can more easily hit North America, such as cruise missiles and hypersonic weapons that fly at very high speeds.

But while research and development into new radars and other equipment to find and deter such weapons is progressing rapidly, Quinn told the commission that it will take some time before they are on the scene. Said it would be

Until then, Canada and the United States will have to resort to threats of retaliation to prevent such attacks, Quinn added.

“During the gap period, we will probably rely a little more on punishment deterrence until we strengthen North American defenses to strengthen defense deterrence by denial.

This report by the Canadian Press was first published on November 21, 2022.

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