23 juin 2022 | Local, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

Ottawa annonce 4,9 milliards de dollars pour moderniser les équipements du NORAD

Ottawa va investir 4,9 milliards de dollars sur six ans pour moderniser et pour augmenter les capacités de défense continentale du Commandement de la défense aérospatiale de l'Amérique du Nord (NORAD), géré conjointement avec les États-Unis, a annoncé lundi la ministre de la Défense Anita Anand. «


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