Today, two Russian Bombers were intercepted by two Canadian CF-18s, 50 kilometres from Canadian Airspace.
Should we be alarmed?
The bombers entered the Air Defence Identification Zone, where all aircraft must report and identify themselves. It's also been reported that 6 other Russian bombers on the same day were intercepted 60 miles off the coast of Alaska. Two U.S. F-22s were scrambled to intercept.
Moscow shrugged it off as just another military exercise, like it said it had done a couple of weeks prior, flying 2 planes low over a Canadian frigate and a U.S. warship in the Black Sea. This is the 50th time that this has happened over the last 5 years.
Comparing the total number of personnel involved with the Armed Forces we are the 74th largest. Active personnel ranks the 58th position on the world scale, with a might of approximately 68,000 men. There are also 27,000 reservists, 5000 Rangers and 19,000 extra reserves, with a grand force of about 120,000 personnel and growing.
Our Navy is composed of an ageing, 33 warships and subs, divided between the west and east coasts. The Army consists of three field-ready brigade groups designed in British fashion and the Air Force contains 258 manned aircraft and 9 drones.
But then again, we have our friend, our big brother and protector, the United States of America. Who hates bullies, living right next door.
Should we be afraid?
No. Together we stand, Canadian and Americans. It helps that America's Armed Forces are #1 in the number of military personnel and has a budget of $554.2 billion annually, making it the most powerful military might in the world.
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