The Canadian Forces announced a drone campaign on Thursday to help the Canadian military in a remote part of southern Alberta.
The CF-18s flew about 20 sorties over northern Alberta and B.C. in what the military said was an effort to increase the accuracy of their air-to-ground missiles.
“We’re in the midst of a very challenging time for the Canadian Armed Forces, and we’re doing everything in our power to make sure we’re able to provide them with the support they need to maintain their operations,” said Capt. Greg Wilson, commander of the CF-182 Globemaster III Global Hawk.
The aircraft also made several passes over the remote Creech Valley National Park, where Canadian troops are based.
The Creech River is part of the Peace River Valley, which includes the Fort McMurray, Alta., community of Fort McMurdo.
The Canadian military said the drones were sent from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Pacific Northwest Training Center in Seattle, Wash., to the Creech Regional Airport in Fort McMorrido, Al.
The drones have a range of about 60 kilometres, according to the CF.
They can be equipped with either cameras or infrared sensors, and are equipped with “a variety of sensors to provide additional operational capabilities.”