As Canada considers a recommendation to join a U.S.-led ballistic-missile shield, options for improving relevant radar coverage are at the forefront of the debate.
Last week, one of the Canadian parliament’s defense committees officially recommended that the country participate in the U.S. antimissile framework for North America, citing concerns about emerging long-range ballistic missile threats from North Korea and Iran.
The committee recommended that Canada permit the United States to deploy X-band radar systems on its territory or improve its own sensor capabilities in the Arctic, Defense News reported on Sunday. The expanded surveillance capabilities would be used to improve the detection and monitoring of launched ballistic missiles.
The Obama administration has not made a new request for Ottawa to participate in continental missile defense. Still, Joanna Quinney, spokeswoman for Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson, noted that the Senate committee’s recommendation would be studied “carefully before deciding on next steps.”