Canadian and U.S jets had to scramble yesterday to intercept two Russian bombers heading for North America.
The intercepts come even as Canada and the U.S are discussing a new framework for the bi-national North America Aerospace Defence Command, (NORAD). The talks concern ways to deal with new technology of cruise missiles, and the potential threats posed by nations such as N. Korea which continues to test missile technology.
Officials from the two nations have established new operational requirements, which will be further discussed at political levels.
Costs for modernisation are expected to be very high, and who pays what could be great sticking points between the two nations.
Meanwhile this week, two Canadian CF-18 fighters were sent to intercept a Russian bomber, and two American F-22 were sent to intercept another. At no time did the Russian aircraft enter American or Canadian airspace.
Such potential incursions occur with some regularity, as each tests the others reaction times.