Canada’s Division of Nationwide Defence is wanting into shopping for giant swaths of land in southern Ontario to accommodate a brand new Norad surveillance system.
“This new system will embrace Arctic and Polar Over the Horizon Radar to supply long-range, early warning radar and risk monitoring for northern approaches,” a Nationwide Defence spokesperson instructed CTVNews.ca. “As much as 4 areas will probably be required for the system’s transmitters and receivers.”
Native newspapers advertisements and an on-line discover posted Thursday invite events to supply details about accessible land by Aug. 31. Parcels have to be a mixed measurement of 1 to 12-square-kilometres and situated south of the Trans-Canada Freeway, which cuts a line throughout Ontario from roughly Ottawa to Sudbury.
The discover and advertisements have been posted by Public Companies and Procurement Canada and don’t particularly point out the Division of Nationwide Defence, Norad or the meant goal of the land.
“Observe that this isn’t a young course of, nor a request for proposal, however solely an inquiry as to the land availability of websites,” the discover states.
The Nationwide Defence spokesperson stated present army properties are additionally being assessed.
“As a part of Canada’s work with the US to modernize the North American Aerospace Protection Command, the Division of Nationwide Defence is creating a brand new surveillance system to considerably increase Norad and the Canadian Armed Forces’ consciousness of objects nicely earlier than they enter Canadian airspace,” the spokesperson defined. “As such, the division is reaching out to personal landowners, Indigenous communities, different federal authorities departments, the Province of Ontario and native municipalities to find out their curiosity in promoting land to (the Division of Nationwide Defence) for this venture.”
Brief for North American Aerospace Protection Command, Norad is a joint Canada-U.S. defence group that’s answerable for defending the continent from incoming assaults. Fashioned in 1958 on the peak of the Chilly Struggle, Norad and its getting old techniques are unable successfully defend in opposition to rising threats like Russian and Chinese language hypersonic weapons. Canada’s most important contribution to Norad has to this point been a string of distant radar stations often called the North Warning System, which was constructed between 1986 and 1992.
After years of requires funding and upgrades, in June 2022 Canada’s Division of Nationwide Defence’s introduced a $38.6 billion two-decade dedication to modernize Norad, which might coverany land acquired for brand spanking new services.
“That is probably the most important improve to Norad, from a Canadian perspective, in virtually 4 a long time,” Defence Minister Anita Anand stated on the time.
A ultimate determination on the placement of the brand new Norad tools is anticipated by spring 2024. The discover says properties could also be inspected and should meet operational, safety and public security necessities. Extra particulars can be found on CanadaBuys, the federal authorities’s procurement web site.
“The division will even proceed to replace native communities and authorities companions as there may be extra info on the places of the radar websites,” the Nationwide Defence spokesperson added. “The Division of Nationwide Defence expects this venture will create native financial growth alternatives and is wanting ahead to working in collaboration with companions on this NORAD modernization initiative.”