|Canadian Army Chooses Sperwer UAV Tactical System|
Canadian Army Chooses Sperwer UAV Tactical System
Canadian Forces are to Acquire Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Use in Afghanistan. Source: News Release NR-03.087. Canadian Defense Website, Ottawa, August 7, 2003.
Ottawa, Canada -- (CF) August 7, 2003 -- The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of National Defence, announced today a contract worth $33.8 million to Oerlikon-Contraves Inc. in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The UAVs will be used during the current Canadian Forces' (CF) mission in Afghanistan.
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The contract provides one system that is made up of four air vehicles, two control stations, and training and support to Canadian Forces deployed to Op ATHENA in Afghanistan. The UAVs will provide a significant service to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) through aerial monitoring of the area of operations surrounding Kabul.
"In military terms, UAVs will decrease the risk to troops in Afghanistan," said Minister McCallum. "The security threat is a big concern for all Canadians, especially to those serving in Kabul, and I want to ensure that they have the equipment necessary for the operation. As well, Canada will be fulfilling a commitment made in 2002 to NATO to obtain a UAV capability by 2004."
"Every effort is being made to ensure CF members can safely and successfully carry out their duties in Kabul's high-risk environment," said General Ray Henault, Chief of the Defence Staff. "Tactical UAVs will offer troops a better level of situational awareness, a requirement for today's theatres of operation."
Canadian Forces personnel have already commenced training in Petawawa. The equipment is expected to be in theatre in October 2003.
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