Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Second Biggest Arms Exporter To The Middle East Is Canada

Globe And Mail: Canada now the second biggest arms exporter to Middle East, data show

Canada has soared in global rankings to become the second biggest arms dealer to the Middle East on the strength of its massive sale of combat vehicles to Saudi Arabia, new figures show.

It’s a first for Canada, according to IHS Jane’s, the defence industry publisher that tracks military spending. Canada was previously the sixth-largest weapons vendor to Mideast countries. The United States is No. 1.

Canada has also vaulted to sixth overall among all arms-exporting countries, based on rankings released by Jane’s this week. This means only five countries are currently selling more weapons and military equipment.

IHS Jane’s analyst Ben Moores said he suspects Canada has never ranked so highly among all arms-exporting countries and that it certainly hasn’t held that position in the past 15 years.

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WNU Editor: As a Canadian citizen I follow Canadian defense/military news closely .... but I was surprised by this Globe and Mail report. Doubly so on learning this .... Canada is the 6th largest exporter of arms to the world, and the Canadian government wants to push for even more sales .... Canada seeks to improve arms sales to Middle-East (Radio Canada International).

More News On Canada Being The Second Biggest Arms Exporter To The Middle East 

Canada's Arms Exports To Middle East Now 2nd-Largest After U.S., Report Says -- Huffington Post
Canada revealed as second biggest arms dealer to the Middle East -- Canada Business Review
Canada's Arms Trade Sends 'Message of Political Support' to Saudi Arabia -- Sputnik
Canada’s arms trade dilemma -- Levon Sevunts, RCS


TWN said...

Totally surprised.

RRH said...
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RRH said...

In a just world, some Canadian muppet "diplomat" or "journalist" would be s###ing out of their mouth about country X's "human rights record" or dealings with this or that "undemocratic, totalitarian, evil regime" and get slapped in the mouth.

Jay Farquharson said...

It's no big surprise to me. Most of Canada's arms sales are " non-lethal", like tear gas to Bahrain, or selling "jeeps" ( LAV's) to Saudi Arabia with out gun systems and turrets ( who arrange to have them fitted with gun systems and turrets in Belgium), as a means of "whitewashing" the arms sales so they go "unreported" to the Canadian public.

phill said...