19 novembre 2023 | International, C4ISR

Canada probing reports that B.C.-based company's drone tech ended up in Russia, Blair says | CBC News

Canada's national security agencies will investigate reports that a British Columbia-based company's cutting-edge anti-drone technology was purchased by a Russian university — a possible violation of sanctions imposed on Moscow over its war on Ukraine — Defence Minister Bill Blair said Friday.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/drone-russia-ukraine-blair-skycope-1.7032305

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    23 novembre 2018 | International, Naval

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