"Munitions List"
Category 2-9

Canada has exported products in Category 2-9 to four countries in the Middle East & North Africa
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2-9: Naval vessels of war
Vessels of war, specially designed naval equipment and accessories, such as engines, navigation systems and underwater detection equipment, and their components.

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


2-9. Vessels of war, special naval equipment and accessories, as follows, and components therefor, specially designed for military use :


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

a. Combatant vessels and vessels (surface or underwater) specially designed or modified for offensive or defensive action, whether or not converted to non-military use, regardless of current state of repair or operating condition, and whether or not they contain weapon delivery systems or armour, and hulls or parts of hulls for such vessels;

b. Engines, as follows:

1. Diesel engines specially designed for submarines with both of the following characteristics:

a. A power output of 1.12 MW (1,500 hp.) or more; and

b. A rotary speed of 700 rpm or more;

2. Electric motors specially designed for submarines having all of the following characteristics:

a. A power output of more than 0.75 MW (1,000 hp.);

b. Quick reversing;

c. Liquid cooled; and

d. Totally enclosed;

3. Non-magnetic diesel engines specially designed for military use with a power output of 37.3 kW (50 hp.) or more and with a non-magnetic content in excess of 75% of total mass;

c. Underwater detection devices specially designed for military use and controls thereof;

d. Submarine and torpedo nets;

e. Deleted;

f. Hull penetrators and connectors specially designed for military use that enable interaction with equipment external to a vessel;


2-9.f. includes connectors for vessels which are of the single-conductor, multiconductor, coaxial or waveguide type, and hull penetrators for vessels, both of which are capable of remaining impervious to leakage from without and of retaining required characteristics at marine depths exceeding 100 m; and fibre-optic connectors and optical hull penetrators specially designed for “laser” beam transmission regardless of depth. It does not include ordinary propulsive shaft and hydrodynamic control-rod hull penetrators.

g. Silent bearings, with gas or magnetic suspension, active signature or vibration suppression controls, and equipment containing those bearings, specially designed for military use.

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Canadian Military Exports
to the Middle East

and North Africa