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Denmark to boost defence of Arctic using drones for surveillance

Lawmakers in Denmark have agreed to spend the equivalent of £176m on improving its defence capabilities in the Arctic.

The 1.5 billion Danish crown financial boost will see the country increase its surveillance in the region.

Danish broadcaster TV 2 reported the funding would include the use of long-range drones to survey the area.

The government-owned television service also said the various initiatives were expected to be launched in 2023 but it may take a number of years before they were fully implemented.

Russia has also been trying to strengthen its economic and military presence in the region for some time as it vies for dominance with rivals Canada, the United States, Norway and China.

In 2019, the country launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker as part of ambitious plans to tap the region’s commercial potential.

The launch was part of a programme created by Russian President Vladimir Putin that aimed to increase the number of heavy-duty ships in the country’s Arctic fleet to 13 by 2035, with nine of them being powered by nuclear reactors.

Last June, the Russian leader was forced to declare a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of diesel spilled from a power plant into a river within the Arctic circle.

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