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Canada to donate over 800 multi-mission drones to Ukraine

The drones are valued at over C$95 million ($70.44 million) and are part of the C$500 million in military assistance pledged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to Kyiv last year.
SkyRanger R70 multi-mission Unmanned Aerial Systems
SkyRanger R70 multi-mission Unmanned Aerial System. Credit: FLIR
Canada to donate over 800 multi-mission drones to Ukraine

Canada will donate more than 800 SkyRanger R70 multi-mission Unmanned Aerial Systems to Ukraine to aid in its defense against “Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable full-scale invasion,” the Canadian Ministry of Defense announced on 19 February.

Since February 2022, Canada has committed over C$9.7 billion in aid to Ukraine, including over C$2.4 billion in military assistance, according to the country’s government official website. Most recently, during a meeting with NATO allies in Brussels on 14 February, Canada’s Defence Minister Bill Blair mentioned that Canada would donate an additional C$60 million to Ukraine.

“As we approach the second anniversary of Russia’s illegal invasion, Canada stands firmly with Ukraine in defense of freedom and democracy. In coordination with our allies and partners, we will continue to provide Ukraine with the military aid that it needs to fight and win this war. Today’s announcement ensures that Ukraine has the drones it needs to detect and identify targets which are critical to Ukraine’s ongoing fight. Canada will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Bill Blair, Canadian Minister of National Defense, said.

The drones are valued at over C$95 million ($70.44 million) and are part of the C$500 million in military assistance pledged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to Kyiv last year.

SkyRanger is designed to recognize people, vehicles, and heat sources from a long distance, particularly in darkness and adverse weather conditions.

“This multi-rotor drone is one of the best of its kind in the world, and can handle a variety of payloads up to 3.5 kilograms, including munitions,” the statement reads.

The SkyRanger R70 drones are vital for surveillance and reconnaissance, capable of transporting supplies and recognizing individuals, vehicles, and heat sources even in darkness and adverse weather conditions. Canada is coordinating with Ukraine to develop a training program and delivery schedule, with the first batch of drones expected to arrive in spring.

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