What Canada is sending to battle the Islamic State
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Oct 07, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

What Canada is sending to battle the Islamic State



Canadian military assets are being deployed to battle Islamic State extremists for six months. Fighter jets will head to the region within three weeks, once the logistics of the deployment are sorted out.

Fighter jets

Canada is sending up to six CF-18 jets. The aircraft engage both land and aerial targets.

Length: 17.07 metres

Max. speed: mach 1.8

Purchased: 1982-1988

Refuelling aircraft

The CC-150 Polaris that Canada is sending is a transport jet that has been converted so it can perform air-to-air refuelling for fighter jets.

Length: 46.66 m

Max. load: 32,000 kg

Purchased: 1992-1993

Surveillance aircraft

Canada is sending two CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft, which are used to detect illegal or hostile activity in maritime or remote regions. The fleet is typically used in combating illegal immigration, drug trafficking, or in disaster relief.

Length: 35.61 metres

Surveillance equipment: includes imaging radar system, acoustics system and infrared camera.

Purchased: 1980

Military advisers

Canadian special forces soldiers have been on the ground in Iraq since last month. Up to 69 soldiers will continue in this non-combat role.

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force


The Islamic State confiscates weapons after battles won and buys them from various black market sources that can be traced back to a number of global conflicts. Weapons come from the U.S. army (leftovers from the war in Iraq), Russia and the former Soviet Union, Iran, China and the former Yugoslavia. While no one knows exactly how much they have, here is a sample:


ISIL is believed to possess FIM-92 Stinger infrared surface-to-air missiles, M79 90-mm anti-tank rockets that are identical to those transferred by Saudi Arabia to supposed “Free Syrian Army” fighters, anti-tank rockets made in the former Yugoslavia, RPG launchers and the ZU-23-2 Soviet anti-aircraft auto-cannon.

Armoured vehicles

From the Iraq War, militants have acquired U.S. made Humvees. They also have an estimated 30 Soviet-made T55 tanks and 10 or fewer T72 Soviet battle tanks.

Small arms

The militants’ arsenal includes Croatian and Chinese sniper rifles, Belgian high-powered semi-automatic pistols and Chinese-made M80 general-purpose machine guns.

Sources: Business Insider, the Conflict Armament Research group

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