Friday, July 28, 2006

Canadian-built LAV's going to Saudi Arabia, whether we like it or not

Babble on.

Speaking of Flit (see my Update to the post below), he made a sharp pickup earlier today:

Still, isn't it interesting that a sale of Canadian-built weapons to the Middle East right now is subject to U.S. Congressional ratification but has not been debated and cannot be obstructed in any way by the Canadian government, which presumably might still have an MP or two with an opinion on the matter?

Yes, Bruce, I'd say that's very interesting.

Babble off.


At 7:18 p.m., Blogger Dave said...

Not sure about your source here; LAV/Stryker production is shared between London and two (?) plants in the US. They're not necessarily made here, and as the original manufacturer (Mowag) is also a GD company, I don't think GD (USA) needs Canadian permission to do anything....

At 6:23 a.m., Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Follow the link at flit, Dave:

As noted earlier, the total value if all options are exercised could be as high as $5.8 billion, with no industrial offset agreements. The principal contractors will be:

* General Dynamics Land Systems in London, Ontario, Canada (LAVs)
* ITT Aerospace/Communications in Fort Wayne, IN (SINCGARS, Night Vision)
* Harris Corporation in Rochester, NY (Radios)
* Raytheon Corporation in Tucson, AZ (PAS-13)

The question is whether we should have some political control over where GDLS-C products go. The reason I linked to this is because I don't know if anyone's even asking the question, outside of Bruce and me.

At 11:26 a.m., Blogger L,J. Brooks said...

Actually, I don't see any problem with this considering that the Canadian government sold a thousand or so LAV's to the Saudi's back in the '80s.


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