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The DEW Line at 65: Future unclear for the North’s aging radar sites – CBC

May 10, 2022

‘The fact of the matter is that we have not modernized it or done anything with it since 1985’

Strictly speaking, the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line — a 4,800-kilometre-long radar network stretching across Canada’s Northern territories and Alaska — is now but a distant early memory of Cold War anxiety.

Many of the 60-plus radar sites, built on the northern tundra in the 1950s, have long since gone the way of so many other Cold War relics around the world, abandoned and dismantled. Others were rebuilt to form parts of the successor North Warning System.

This July will mark 65 years since the first phase of the DEW Line became operational. The concept behind it was straightforward — it would detect bombers if Soviet Russia were to launch a nuclear attack on North America via the shortest route, over the Arctic. It was to act as a deterrent.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/dew-line-65-years-norad-1.6446875

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