The federal government on Wednesday approved a $4 billion sale of military and defence equipment to a British company, allowing it to sell Canadian weapons to its British clients.
The deal is one of several arms sales announced Wednesday that have been approved by a Cabinet committee chaired by Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
The committee was established by the Conservatives to oversee the sale of the Canadian Armed Forces and Defence Intelligence Services.
The panel is made up of the defence minister, the minister responsible for the federal department in charge of the sale, the prime minister and the minister of defence.
The defence minister’s office said the cabinet approved the sale on Wednesday.
The department said the deal is part of a broader plan to modernize and modernize the Canadian Forces.
The Canadian Forces and their allied partners will receive up to $5 billion in new equipment, training and weapons as part of the government’s overall plan to replace its outdated military hardware, the department said.
The new equipment will be available to the Canadian military as soon as 2020, it added.
The sale was first announced in December, as the Liberals were trying to revive their fortunes.
It came as the Conservative government struggled to win support for its plan to sell armoured vehicles to China.
The Liberals were criticized for failing to consult with Canada’s allies, especially its ally the United States, in the design and production of its armoured vehicles.
But Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Wednesday that Canada will buy new military equipment to help the country meet the needs of its new allies.
“That is our goal.” “
The government’s plan to build and equip the Canadian armed forces will take up to a decade to complete. “
That is our goal.”
The government’s plan to build and equip the Canadian armed forces will take up to a decade to complete.
The government is spending $1.2 billion on new armoured vehicles, which will be built by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. and will be ready for service in 2020.
The plan also includes a new $1 billion programme to buy up to 2,000 new CF-18 fighter jets.
Sajan said Canada is planning to buy the jets through the 2030s.
He said that while the purchase will be in line with Canada, its allies, including the United Kingdom, will have to make their own decision about whether they want to join the global defence industry.
The military and its allies are currently fighting a two-front war against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
Sankaran, who is a member of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, said Canada has to do a better job of working with its allies to protect the peace and security of their countries.
“It’s not enough to just buy these new aircraft and put them on the ground,” he said, referring to the new jets.
“You need to do it in a way that is consistent with the security needs of those countries.
So this is one way to do that.”
He said the new aircraft will be much more capable than the CF-17s, the jets the government bought during the last war.
“If you look at what the aircraft have done in the last 10 years, they’ve been doing a lot more than the F-35,” he added.
“So I think that’s a real benefit to the countries, that they will be able to deploy the aircraft to the battlefield.”
Sajjian also announced a $300-million plan to buy new naval ships to help build Canada’s defence capabilities.
The navy is a key pillar of Canada’s national defence and has been the subject of a growing diplomatic row between Ottawa and Washington over how it is being used.
The Harper government is currently facing a parliamentary committee investigation into the use of military ships by the United Nations, which has criticized Canada’s involvement in the peacekeeping mission in Haiti.
The report is expected to be completed before the fall.