Canada not only sells armored tanks to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and their allies, the secret documents reveal a totally different figure. According to the sources, Quebec’s aeronautics industry has sold military equipment and services worth $920 million to the Arab nations, ever since the inhumane war started in Yemen.
The Saudi-UAE coalition turned Longueuil aircraft engines and Montreal cockpit instruments for killer planes and militarized Mirabel helicopters and Bombardier jets into espionage devices.
The investigation reveals over 15 Quebec contracts for equipment that were delivered to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. These documents surfaced after weapon sales to the coalition created controversy over the Internet.
The Saudi-UAE-led undiscriminated bombings in Yemen have killed more than 4500 civilians since 2015, according to the United Nations.
141 engines for military aircraft sold to Saudi and UAE
For several years, Longueuil has been running the Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop plant to its full capacity for coalition members in Yemen.
In 2014 alone, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Jordan have bought at least 141 engines for military aircraft from the company, as stated by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which records all weaponry transfers across the world.
These four countries the are warring parties of the coalition, which is fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. They reported at least $185 million worth of contracts to Pratt & Whitney in four years, estimated by the reports obtained from the Canadian aeronautical industry.
In 2016, Pratt & Whitney consented to appoint its technology to facilitate a major project envisioned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman: to manufacture an aircraft in the Kingdom, for the first time ever.
However, the engine manufacturer did not comment on the details. Communications Director Isabelle Gagné said, “These are things that remain confidential to us.”
$530 million in militarized equipment
The major assemblers of Quebec’s aerospace industry have sold war equipment to the coalition. Since 2014, Bombardier and Bell Helicopter Textron have received orders worth half a billion dollars from the UAE.
Now, the European and American military contractors are equipping these Quebec-made aircrafts for combat and surveillance missions in the war-zoned Yemen.
The Emirati forces are also giving out contracts to firms in Montreal, such as the CAE flight simulator manufacturer, to train pilots of UAE vessels, drones and helicopters.
Former Québécois MP, Daniel Turp, is fighting a court battle to ban export of aviation equipment to Saudi Arabia, UAE and their allies. Global human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have urged Canada and other western countries to cancel the arms deal in order to stop the genocide in Yemen.