The United States and Canada will upgrade a network of defense satellites and a surveillance system in the Arctic region to counter the military presence of Russia and China, the Wall Street Journal reported.
According to one of the publication sources, at a recent online meeting, American President Joe Biden asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase Ottawa’s spending on the modernization of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
This system includes satellites, a ground-based radar station, and air bases-mostly in Alaska and the Canadian Arctic.
The newspaper recalled that during the Cold War, NORAD played an important role in the strategy of deterring the USSR.
Over time, the surveillance system became obsolete. Former political adviser to the NORAD command from Canada, Michael Dawson, told the publication that modern missiles from Russia and China could fly at five times the speed of sound and over long distances than previous models. Therefore, the Arctic system may not track them.
According to an expert from the University of Manitoba publication writes, the modernization project can cost countries about $ 15 billion. Canada will have to pay six billion.