The first Canadian drone to fly from a Canadian-built runway is the country’s first to use a drone to help with disaster relief, officials said Wednesday.
Canada’s first military drone to be used for disaster relief was launched at a base in Labrador on Wednesday as part of a three-day humanitarian aid exercise.
“The first Canadian combat drone to make it to the Canadian-run military base on the Atlantic coast is part of our ongoing humanitarian efforts,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Bélanger, the commander of Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.
Bélangers defence spokesman said the drone was launched from a nearby runway, where it was towed by a cargo plane.
The drone’s mission was to assess the state of the Canadian Forces and the Canadian Armed Forces Typhoon Helicopter Base at Petawawas operations centre in Labrador.
The drone was being flown by a group of six Canadian troops who are assigned to a nearby training area.
An instructor on the drone said it was carrying a small load of humanitarian aid.
Petawawa is about 200 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, a city about 25 kilometres north of the U.S. border.