(E) NORAD’s exercise AMALGAM DART recently concluded, providing Canadian and U.S. forces the opportunity to work together and hone their Arctic air defence skills.
Taking place at multiple northern locations in both Canada and the United States, the live-fly exercise involved NATO fighter and support aircraft from both countries.
We spoke to Major-General Eric Kenny, Canadian NORAD Region Commander to tell us more.
(EK) This live-fly exercise involved U.S., Canadian and NATO aircraft executing out of multiple Arctic locations.
The training included a variety of potential real-world scenarios designed to reinforce our capability to provide aerospace warning, aerospace control and defence in North America.
We demonstrated that we can work efficiently and effectively as a binational NORAD team, Canada and the U.S., as well as with our allies and partners in the Arctic.
It showed that our COVID-19 mitigation measures were effectively employed for the safety of our members and surrounding communities.
Ultimately, we seek an Arctic region that is stable and free of conflict, where nations act responsively in a spirit of trust and cooperation.
During exercise AMALGAM DART, NORAD worked collaboratively not only with commands such as Canadian Joint Operations Command, but with all stakeholders in the Arctic region, including NATO, Greenland and Indigenous communities and towns underlining existing relationships while extending our capabilities in the high Arctic.
This exercise tested our ability to quickly position joint assets as far north as Thulé, Greenland, and Canadian Forces station Alert in Nunavut.
Despite challenging environmental conditions and a pandemic, our binational team succeeded in every regard and I cannot be prouder. Our team is ready to execute our NORAD mission each and every day as demonstrated during this exercise.