Citing delays in the development of the Canadian military’s unmanned aerial vehicle, the federal government on Wednesday announced it’s looking to expand drone logistics to help the military better manage its own forces.
The government said it will provide $100 million to help train drone operators in Canada.
The money would come from a $1.1-billion defence procurement fund, the second largest in Canada, and $40 million of the money would be for a national drone logistics training program.
The funding would help train more than 100 drone operators across the country, with training programs costing up to $1,000 per day.
The Trudeau government also plans to spend $100,000 to develop the Canada’s first drone-ready command centre.
It will house pilots, logistics staff, operators and other senior officers and civilian staff, as well as provide technical assistance and training.
The centre is expected to be operational by 2020.
The Conservatives say the government is being too cautious in investing in the Canadian drone industry.
They say Canada has a long way to go to become a top drone supplier and will likely fall short if it doesn’t do more.
“We need to take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of us,” Harper said in an interview with CTV’s Question Period.
“I think the federal budget reflects that.”
“It’s important to recognize the challenges that are ahead, but it’s also important to recognise the opportunity that’s there.”