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Canada moves to join treaty curbing foreign arms sales
by Staff Writers
Ottawa (AFP) April 13, 2017

VSE picks up Foreign Military Sales delivery orders for Egypt
(UPI) Apr 14, 2017 - VSE Corporation is to supply and install a SMART-S Radar system on an Egyptian Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate under a Foreign Military Sales support contract.

The delivery order from U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command International Fleet Support Program Office has a period of performance of 14 months and worth $21.8 million.

The deal is one of a number of NAVSEA FMS delivery orders received by the company in the first quarter of 2017.

"We have started the year with strong bookings in support of our NAVSEA FMS program," Maurice Gauthier, VSE's chief executive officer, said in a press release. "Our NAVSEA FMS support team continues to provide exceptional service to our allied navies and we look forward to fulfilling our clients' diverse requirements."

The company said two others include provision of in-country follow-on technical support for Egyptian Osprey-class mine hunter coastal vessels. The support is to include vessel modernization, technical, logistics, training, facilities, and administrative support.

The Osprey-class orders are worth a combined total of $36.8 million. Additional NAVSE awards received in the first quarter of this year are worth $32.5 million, VSE said.

Canada introduced a bill Thursday opening the way for it to join a UN Arms Trade Treaty which effectively curbs some foreign weapons sales.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced the legislation, saying it would formalize Canada's current system of export controls which already "meets most of the treaty's thresholds."

In recent years, Canada has faced criticism over the sale of light armored vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia. Successive governments have said the LAVs were not used against civilian populations.

The UN treaty prohibits signatory countries from exporting conventional weapons that will be used for terrorism, international organized crime, gender-based violence, human rights abuses, or violations of international humanitarian law.

The treaty entered into force in December 2014 after its adoption by the UN General Assembly.

Canada would be one of the last countries to join the pact, which was signed by 130 countries, and has been ratified by 83.

Among the changes to prepare for accession to the treaty, Canada has invested US$10 million to strengthen its export control regime.

Canada is one of the top arms exporters to the Middle East, largely on the strength of the LAVs sale to Saudi Arabia. It ranks sixth overall in the world, according to defense industry publisher IHS Jane's.

India inks weapons deal worth nearly $2 bn with Israel
New Delhi (AFP) April 7, 2017
India will buy nearly $2 billion worth of weapons technology from Israel in what's being described as the "largest defence contract" ever signed by the military exporting giant. The deal will see state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries provide India with an advanced defence system of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology, the company said in a statemen ... read more

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