According to an article by Murray Brewster, a journalist at The Canadian Press, published in The Globe and Mail, "The country's chief of defence intelligence has taken an in-depth look at how Russia, or even China, could use drones to spy in Canada's Arctic," Joinfo.ua reports. The author quotes the information from the report, prepared for the exploration of Canada's closest allies.
"The heavily censored classified analysis was obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information legislation. The release comes as Russia moves troops into a northern base near the Finnish border as part of an extensive military buildup in the region," the author writes.
This is important, since Canada lags behind its allies in the sphere of acquiring drones for intelligence.
"Russia and China do not currently possess land-based UAVs capable of conducting (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) against the Canadian Arctic," said the April 12, 2013 assessment, written by the directorate of scientific and technical intelligence. "This limitation could change should UAVs gain aerial refuelling capabilities," the report says.
The document assumes that the Russians and the Chinese have the ability to launch the drones from ice floes, submarines and long-range bombers.
Given the harsh climate, Lieutenant General Jonathan Vance "finds it unlikely that we'll be fighting a land battle in the Arctic any time soon."
As the author points out, the U.S. military are still afraid of a surprise attack from the Far North. "The threat is one of the reasons the Harper government is considering participation in the ballistic missile defence program," the journalist writes.
However, not only missiles are a threat, so the authors of the report called for a close watch on drones.