The Ottawa Citizen's Defence Watch - reported that the RCAF's fleet of newly acquired Chinook heavy lift helicopter's are getting a new missile defence system.
The missile defence system is being built by Northrop Grumman. The system will automatically detect missile launches through infrared technology. If the system believes there is a threat to the aircraft it will activate a high intensity laser-based countermeasure to track and defeat the threat.
Northrop Grumman's laser based countermeasure equipment is scheduled to be installed on more than 1,000 military aircraft around the world this year.
No financial information about the upgrades were provided.