Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Russian incursions...

Heh. Don't tell "Airshow" or "Red Dawn" - it'll give them the vapours.

A Russian Federation aircraft will conduct an aerial observation mission over Canada under the authority of the Treaty on Open Skies on May 18-20, 2010.

A Tupolev TU-154M aircraft, which arrived at 8 Wing Trenton yesterday, will be accorded its legal right of unimpeded observation overflight of Canadian territory, in fulfillment of Canada’s obligations as a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies. Using an array of onboard imagery systems, the aircraft can observe and verify objects of interest, such as military installations, industrial complexes, population centres, and transportation facilities.

The Treaty on Open Skies, which entered into force on January 1, 2002, promotes increased confidence and transparency amongst the 34 nations that are party to the Treaty. Canada has conducted a number of observation flights over other States Parties, including the Russian Federation, Belarus, Croatia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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