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Canada unveils armoured vehicle in Kuwait, UAE
OTTAWA—The Canadian military was asked on three occasions in recent years to produce a Light Armoured Vehicle and crew to showcase for two of Saudi Arabia’s Persian Gulf neighbours.
The demonstrations in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, were sanctioned at the highest levels of the former Conservative government, part of a determined effort to capitalize on a controversial $14.8-billion arms sale to the oil-rich kingdom.
A series of reports and documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act show the tests took place in 2012, 2013 and 2014, with the cost to taxpayers repaid by the manufacturer, based in London, Ont.