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Defence Minister Peter MacKay has issued a decidedly cool response to the Russian military's planned paratrooper drop at the North Pole next spring, suggesting Canadian fighter jets would scramble to meet any Russian aircraft approaching Canada's airspace.
"We're going to protect our sovereign territory," MacKay said Friday in Halifax, a day after a Russian embassy spokesman tried to downplay the scheduled parachute mission as a "solely symbolic" event aimed at celebrating the 60th anniversary of a Cold War achievement by two Soviet scientists.
MacKay's stern reaction to Russia's planned paratrooper operation could rekindle tensions between the two countries over Arctic sovereignty. The issue has sparked several verbal clashes in recent years, including a 2007 uproar over a Russian flag-planting on the North Pole seabed and sharp exchanges earlier this year over a Russian bomber mission near Canadian airspace that was intercepted by Canadian fighter jets
Any mechanical timers associated with the parachutes could potentially freeze, their O2 within the parachutes (if they need it) could also freeze at the export nozzle if any moisture whatsoever is around it.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
I would be very happy to see their attempted land grab stopped.
Canadian airspace is the region of navigable airspace above the surface of the Earth that falls within a region roughly defined by the Canadian land mass, the Canadian arctic, the Canadian archipelago, and areas of the high seas.
 Airspace is managed by Transport Canada and detailed information regarding exact dimensions and classification is available in the Designated Airspace Handbook which is published every fifty-six days by NAV CANADA.