Canadians Won't Be Allowed To Work On Portions Of New Canadian Spy Planes Because Of U.S. Security Regulations
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December 27, 2019 - by David Pugliese
Canadians won't be allowed to work on parts of the country's new surveillance aircraft because they contain sensitive American-made equipment that can only be handled by U.S. citizens.
Maintenance of the equipment, installed in new planes that will be operated by Canadian special forces, will be off-limits both to Canadian military personnel and Canadian aerospace workers.
Instead, the gear or the aircraft will have to be sent to the U.S. for maintenance or U.S. government staff will have to travel to Canada to work on the planes. The equipment is subject to strict U.S. security regulations.
Canadian special forces are to receive three surveillance aircraft from the U.S. government. The planes are expected to arrive in spring 2022.
The Beechcraft King Air planes, to be based at CFB Trenton, will be outfitted with sensors and equipment to intercept cellphone and other electronic transmissions, and track individuals and vehicles on the ground. Canadian special forces and, potentially, other federal government departments and the RCMP will use the aircraft for missions overseas and in Canada.
Canada is paying the U.S. government $188 million for the aircraft. The overall value of the project is estimated to be $247 million
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