Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

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

Related Links
The Military Industrial Complex at
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

US giant Discovery plans huge Costa Rica eco-resort

Russian, American two-man crew blasts off to ISS

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomatosphere: ISS Science to the Classroom

Two Russians, one American land back on Earth from ISS

Russia and US woo Brazil, hope to use advantageous base for space launches

Creation of carrier rocket for Baiterek Space Complex to cost Russia $500Mln

Dream Chaser to use Europe's next-generation docking system

Europe's largest sounding rocket launched from Esrange

NASA's MAVEN reveals Mars has metal in its atmosphere

Opportunity Mars rover on the way to Perseverance Valley

Chile desert combed for clues to life on Mars

Russia critcal to ExoMars Project says Italian Space Agency Head

Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017

China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing

Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft

China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes

Commercial Space Operators To Canada: "We're Here, and We can Help"

Antenna Innovation Benefits the Government Customer

Ukraine in talks with ESA to become member

BRICS States Want to Expand Cooperation to Space Science

Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists

France's Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram

Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration

SSL completes agreement to partner with DARPA on satellite servicing

Science fiction horror wriggles into reality with discovery of giant sulfur-powered shipworm

Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable

Deep-sea animals make their own light

'Smart' cephalopods trade off genome evolution for prolific RNA editing

ALMA investigates 'DeeDee,' a distant, dim member of our solar system

Nap Time for New Horizons

Hubble spots auroras on Uranus

Cold' Great Spot discovered on Jupiter

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement