"Munitions List"
Category 2-4

Canada has exported products in Category 2-4 to five countries in the Middle East & North Africa
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2-4: Weapons firing and aiming systems
Equipment to control the firing of military weapons such as range-finding sensors, ballistic computers, weapon sights, gun laying equipment, and systems for the acquisition, recognition, identification, detection, designation, surveillance, or tracking of targets. Includes related alerting and warning equipment.

The above summary -- by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) for its web report "Canadian Military Exports to the Middle East and North Africa" -- was derived from a detailed description of this category of munitions published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) in a document called A Guide to Canada’s Export Controls (June 2006).  This DFAIT document describes seven different groups of products on the "Export Control List" whose export is "controlled" by the Government of Canada.  One of these seven groups, known as "Group 2" or the "Munitions List," is comprised of 22 categories of military products.  These are the categories of products whose export is documented in a series of DFAIT documents published since 1990, called Export of Military Goods from Canada.

The relevant section from A Guide to Canada’s Export Controls detailing this category on the "Munitions List" is provided below:

Saudi Arabia

Bombs, torpedoes, rockets, missiles, other explosive devices and charges, and related equipment and accessories, as follows, specially designed for military use, and specially designed components therefor:


For guidance and navigation equipment, see 2-11. Note 7.

a. Bombs, torpedoes, grenades, smoke canisters, rockets, mines, missiles, depth charges, demolition-charges, demolition-devices and demolition-kits, “pyrotechnic” devices, cartridges and simulators (i.e. equipment simulating the characteristics of any of these items);

(All destinations)


2-4.a. includes:

1. Smoke grenades, fire bombs, incendiary bombs and explosive devices;

2. Missile rocket nozzles and re-entry vehicle nosetips.

b. Equipment specially designed for the handling, control, activation, powering with one-time operational output, launching, laying, sweeping, discharging, decoying, jamming, detonation or detection of items controlled by 2-4.a.


2-4.b. includes:

1. Mobile gas liquefying equipment capable of producing 1,000 kg or more per day of gas in liquid form;

2. Buoyant electric conducting cable suitable for sweeping magnetic mines.

Technical Note:

Hand-held devices, limited by design solely to the detection of metal objects and incapable of distinguishing between mines and other metal objects, are not considered to be specially designed for the detection of items controlled by 2-4.a.

Compiled by

Coalition to
Oppose the

Canadian Military Exports
to the Middle East

and North Africa