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Friday, July 28, 2006

Canada's Leading Role in Advanced War Technology

Most Canadians consider Canada a 'peace-keeping' nation, unaware that the country is actually one of the world's leading producers and exporters of advanced war technology as this article illustrates:

Canadian Military Components used in Israel's War Against Lebanon
By Richard Sanders, coordinator, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) and editor of COAT's magazine, Press for Conversion!

Few Canadians realize that their country is one of the world's leading producers and exporters of advanced, war technology. Such is the power of the long-prevailing mythology that Canada is a great, global force for peace.

However, many of Israel's most-deadly, US-made weapons systems--now being used to great effect in air strikes against Lebanon--would not be able to function without hundreds of crucial, high-tech, electronic components supplied by Canadian war industries, and subsidized unwittingly by Canadian taxpayers. Here are three examples:

AH-64 "Apache" attack helicopter
Click above for a list of a 12 Canadian war industries that have provided parts and/or services for AH-64s.
Prime Contractor: Boeing (CPP investment = $71 million)

F-15 "Eagle" tactical fighter/bomber
Click above for a list of 21 Canadian war industries that have provided parts and/or services for F-15s.
Prime Contractor: Boeing (CPP investment = $71 million)

F-16 "Fighting Falcon" multi-role fighter/bomber
Click above for a list of 18 Canadian war industries that have provided parts and/or services for F-16s.
Prime Contractor: Lockheed Martin (CPP investment = $27 million)

The above links to original research by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, also contain data on these weapons delivery systems, such as:
* their use in dozens of previous wars, invasions, regime changes and bombardments, etc.
* their use in entertaining children during "performances" at Canadian "air shows," and
* Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) involvement. (In 2001 and 2002 alone, the CCC brokered $7.5 million in Canadian exports for AH-64s, F-15s and F-16s.)

Canadian War Industry Subsidies to Political Parties
Canadians might be dismayed if they were ever to learn that both the Liberal and Conservative Party (and its predecessors) have received millions in political donations from war industries. Click the link above for a list of known donations from Canadian war-industries to these political parties between 1993 and 2002. Included are about 15 corporations that have exported parts and services for US AH-64s, F-15s and/or F-16s:
AlliedSignal Aerospace, Atlantis Aerospace, Bristol Aerospace, CAE, CMC, Devtek, DRS Flight Safefty and Communications, DY4, Elcan, Heroux, Litton, Magellan and Rockwell International of Canada.

Canadian Government Subsidies to War Industries
Over the last three decades, Canadian war industries have received about $5 billion in grants and unrepaid loans from the Canadian government, thanks to such programs as Industry Canada's Technology Partnerships Canada (formerly known as the Defence Industry Productivity Program). Click the link above for a list of such Canadian military industries, including about 25 that have exported parts and/or services for US AH-64s, F-15s and/or F-16s:
AlliedSignal Aerospace, Atlantis Systems, AWSM Enterprises, BAE Systems, Bristol Aerospace, Cercast, CMC Electronics, Derlan Aerospace, Devtek, DRS Flight Safefty and Communications, Fag Bearings, Fleet Industries, Garrett Canada, Haley Industries, Heroux-Devtek, Honeywell ASCA, Hypernetics, IMP Group, Litton Systems Canada, Magellan Aerospace, Menasco, Rockwell International of Canada, Virtual Prototypes and West Heights Manufacturing.

Canada Pension Plan Investments in War Industries
Many Canadians would also despair if they were to somehow find out that the Canada Pension Plan has invested billions of dollars in hundreds of war industries, including many of the world's top weapons makers. Among the war industries--in which millions of Canadians are forced to invest their pension funds--are the US prime contractors overseeing production of AH-64s, F-15s and F-16s and the weapons that they "deliver."

CPP Investments in Prime Contractors making Weapons aboard AH-64s, F-15s and F-16s
The above link provides a detailed list of about 115 different missiles and bombs deployed by weapons delivery systems in which major Canadian components can be found. Of the 73 weapons systems listed here--whose corporate, prime contractors could be determined--59 were built by US war industries in which the CPP now has investments. The tables below list the weapons aboard US AH-64s, F-15s and F-16s, that are built by war industries in which the CPP has investments.

AH-64 weapons Prime Contractors
AGM-114 "Hellfire" Rockwell International
AGM-122 "Sidearm" Motorola
AIM-9 "Sidewinder" Lockheed Martin and Raytheon
AIM-92 "Stinger" Lockheed Martin and Raytheon
Hydra-70 Lockheed Martin

F-15 weapons Prime Contractors
AGM-88A "HARM" Raytheon and Texas Instruments
AGM-65 "Maverick" Hughes (now General Motors) and Raytheon
AGM-130 Rockwell Int'l
AGM-158 "JSSM" Raytheon
AIM-7 "Sparrow" Raytheon
AIM-9 "Sidewinder" Lockheed Martin and Raytheon
AIM-120 "Slammer" Hughes (now GM) and Raytheon
CBU-87 "CEM" Aerojet General and Honeywell
CBU-89 "Gator" Aerojet General and Honeywell
CBU-97 "SFW" Textron Defense Systems
GBU-28 "Bunker Buster" Lockheed Martin and National Forge
GBU-10, -12, -16 "Paveway II" Texas Instruments
GBU-15 Rockwell Int'l
RIM-7M "Sea Sparrow Raytheon and General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin)

F-16 weapons Prime Contractors
AGM-88A "HARM" Raytheon and Texas Instruments
AGM-65 "Maverick" Hughes (now General Motors) and Raytheon
AGM-158 "JSSM" Raytheon
AIM-7 "Sparrow" Raytheon
AIM-9 "Sidewinder" Lockheed Martin and Raytheon
AIM-120 "Slammer" Hughes (now GM) and Raytheon
CBU-87 "CEM" Aerojet General and Honeywell
CBU-89 "Gator" Aerojet General and Honeywell
RIM-7M "Sea Sparrow Raytheon and General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin)

Prime Contractor
CPP investments (in millions of $Cdn)
(Most recent data available from CPPIB, March 31, 2006)
Boeing $71
General Motors $3
Honeywell $34
Lockheed Martin $27
Motorola $43
Raytheon $20
Rockwell Automation/
Rockwell Collins
$19
Texas Instruments $65
Total $282












Read more here: http://coat.ncf.ca/lebanon2006.html







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2 comment(s):

i read this somewhere else, but it wasn't as detailed as yours. canadians love to remain blind, so even if this hit the front pages (unlike the burial of articles that reported on us having ships in the gulf at the outbreak of the iraq war under paul martin's regime.....and the non-reporting of the rcmp contract to train iraquis as police in jordan), i'm not sure people would actually let it sink into their psyches.

the propoganda about canada being a peace keeping nation has proven successful....people still believe and hold on to the notion. heir harper's blundering ways still pulls the wool over the eyes of the sheeple.

By Blogger Scout, at 12:41 PM  

Well said! Indeed, the sheeple obviously like being ignorant and kept in the dark by their governments... This ignorance and their blind following of the leaders is what unites them worldwide... And by not publishing pertinent information on the front pages of their publications, the corporate MSM has joined the ranks of the sheeple. I am thankful to the numerous alternative sites on the web that are diligently, intrepidly publishing real news. Yet, like you say, the sheeple still refuse to listen.

By Blogger Annamarie, at 3:35 PM  

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