In the World
In the World
Our combat-ready force takes an active role in multinational missions, representing Canada's interests on the world stage and helping to maintain global stability.
The Air Force flies peace support missions and conveys relief workers, emergency food and medical supplies to scenes of natural disasters or where armed conflicts have left little behind.
And when Air Force participation in the space program sends talented astronauts like Colonel Chris Hadfield into orbit, the whole world shares in the knowledge gained and advances made.
Often one of the first to be called upon by the United Nations (UN), Canada frequently contributes advice, military personnel and equipment to peace support efforts. While the army makes up the vast majority of our peace support capability, it is the Air Force that delivers them to trouble spots around the world and sustains their operations with supplies from Canada.
Whether it's sustaining millions of starving people, evacuating thousands of displaced refugees or dropping food and medical supplies, Canada's Air Force has repeatedly proven that air power has an enduring peacetime role. Its crews have braved severe weather, austere landing sites and even gunfire to help those in need.
The Air Force seeks to defend and safeguard Canadian interests which might be threatened in, from, or through space. Technology research and participation in joint projects to learn more about space is an important aspect of being capable of such a defence. Our personnel currently work at space surveillance sensor sites across the US and in the Space Surveillance Centre at NORAD headquarters in Colorado Springs.