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Canadian Army eyeing new weapons in response to lessons learned from Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine has identified critical gaps in the Canadian Army's ability to fight and survive on the battlefield, leading to an unanticipated rush to buy new military equipment.


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    6 septembre 2018 | Local, Naval

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    3 novembre 2020 | Local, Aérospatial, Sécurité

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