Canadian leadership says it will proceed with the sale of light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia. Shown here is an upgraded LAV. (Photo: General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada)
October 4, 2015 By David Pugliese – Defense News
VICTORIA, British Columbia — Canada’s prime minister said a deal to provide Saudi Arabia with light armored vehicles will proceed despite growing concerns about that country’s human rights record. The CAN $14.8 billion (US $11 billion) deal would see General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada of London, Ontario, selling Saudi Arabia light armored vehicles (LAV) in what Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the “largest [export] contract in Canadian history.” The deal, originally announced in February 2014, has been shrouded in secrecy, with the Saudis not even acknowledging they are purchasing the Canadian-built LAVs. But Canada’s federal election campaign has now thrust the contract into the spotlight.