Canadian, US fighters conduct joint training in North
March 23, 2007
WINNIPEG, MAN. –Canadian and US aircraft supporting the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) will conduct joint training in the Canadian North early next week.
The Canadian and Alaskan NORAD Regions will practice conducting joint long-range detection missions. The training is expected to take place near Whitehorse, Yukon. These missions are important NORAD tasks that enable detection and identification of unknown aircraft.
“Training with our US partners enables us to conduct effective operations in the NORAD mission,” said Maj.-Gen. Charlie Bouchard, Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region headquarters. “As a bi-national command, we train together often to ensure the defence of North America”.
Participating aircraft will include: Canadian CF-18 Hornets and a CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuelling tanker, US F-15 Eagles, a KC-135 refuelling tanker, and an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
NORAD and its regional support units and bases conduct regular training to maintain and validate procedures and readiness levels for response in the event of emergency situations. NORAD airborne early warning assets and air-to-air refuelling tankers play important roles in safe-guarding the sovereignty of U.S. and Canadian airspace.
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