Canada’s new drone tracking device is going to cost taxpayers $15 million

Canada’s Federal Aviation Administration has approved a $15-million, three-year contract with an Israeli company to produce and sell its first drone tracking system.

The system, called the AirTrax, is being developed by the Israel Aerospace Industries Corp. and will allow the country to monitor the movement of a remote aircraft.

It will have a range of up to 400 kilometres and be able to locate a device that is only 50 metres away.

The device is meant to help airlines and airports in detecting and tracking suspicious objects.

Canada’s federal government is set to approve the contract at a Feb. 10, 2019, meeting of the parliamentary security committee.

It is expected to be handed over to the military later this month.

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