Canada’s radar leader has scored a coveted space deal with Ottawa.
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has landed a $706-million contract with the Canadian Space Agency, bolstering the satellite technology developer’s key Radarsat Constellation project, which is being touted as crucial for defending Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.
Map of the North Warning System. Photograph by: Postmedia News, Canadian Military Journal/Department of Defence
BY ANDREW MAYEDA, POSTMEDIA NEWS JANUARY 13, 2011
OTTAWA — The Harper government has put on hold its search for bidders to operate and maintain the chain of early-warning radars that guards against foreign incursions into Canadian and U.S. airspace in the Far North, Postmedia News has learned.
The North Warning System, a chain of 47 unmanned radars that lines the Arctic coast from Alaska to Labrador, is operated and maintained by Nasittuq Corp. under a 10-year, $624-million contract that ends Sept. 30 this year.
The federal government has paused a four-year pilot project to test
High Arctic surveillance technology at the entrance to the Northwest
Passage, CBC News has learned.
As part of the Northern Watch program, scientists from Defence
Research and Development Canada began installing underwater listening
devices and land-based sensors on Devon Island in the summer of 2008.
If successful, the tested technology would help Canada detect ships
and submarines passing through the eastern entrance to the Northwest
Contacted by CBC News, a National Defence spokesperson would only
say the Northern Watch program is taking a hiatus this summer as
researchers want to evaluate data the devices have collected already.
They will then decide what to do with the program, the spokesperson added.
OTTAWA — The cost of cleaning up 21 toxic Cold War radar stations
across the North has more than doubled to $583 million amid lax
controls, says a scathing audit.
Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line
sites that dot 5,000 kilometres of Arctic tundra are being dismantled
as part of one of the largest environmental restoration efforts in
Of prime concern are polychlorinated biphenyls -
persistent pollutants once widely used in everything from transformers
and electrical equipment to paint. PCBs have been effectively banned
from commercial use since research in the 1970s suggested links to