Illegal US-UK-France Air
Strikes against Syria, April 2018:
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
now has $207 million invested in
By Richard Sanders, coordinator,
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
CPP Investments in the Nine Corporations that manufactured all the Cruise Missiles and other Weapons used to Attack Syria
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) currently owns $207 million in the nine
huge war industries that built all of the cruise missiles, and the numerous
warplanes, warships and one submarine that were used in the April 13, 2018, air
strike against Syria's alleged chemical weapons facility. This destroyed the
facility on the very day that international inspectors were arriving to see if
there was any actual evidence of Syria's use of chemical weapons.
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) now owns $36 million worth of shares in Raytheon.
The Raytheon-built missiles were fired from: (A) three
US Navy warships, and (B) one US submarine:
The CPP now owns $30 million worth of shares in General Dynamics.
(B) One US submarine:
This submarine was built by Newport News Shipbuilding a major division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (US), the world's sixteenth largest weapons manufacturer.
The CPP now owns $26 million worth of shares in Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Among the 105 cruise missiles that were used in the attack on Syria there were 19 JASSM-ER cruise missiles. These were launched from US B-1 bombers, known as "Lancers.".
B-1 heavy bombers -- part of the nuclear weapons arsenal since 1986 -- are built by Lockheed Martin (US), the world's largest weapons manufacturer.
The CPP now owns $57 million worth of shares in Lockheed Martin.
To protect them on their mission against Syria, these US B-1 bombers were accompanied by a single EA-6B warplane. EA-6Bs, nicknamed "Prowlers," are designed to conduct electronic warfare. They are built by Northrop Grumman (US), the world's fifth largest weapons manufacturer.
The CPP now owns $10 million worth of shares in Northrop Grumman.
Top War Industries
of $ Cdn)
|$57||Built the US B-1 bombers (that fired 19 JASSM-ER US cruise missiles)|
|$33||Owns 37.5% of MBDA (that built the SCALP missiles fired by the UK and France)|
|$36||Built 66 US Tomahawk cruise missiles (that were fired from US warships and a US submarine )|
|$10||Built the EA-6B electronic war aircraft (that protected the B-1 bombers so they could "safely" fire the JASSM-ER cruise missiles)|
|$30||Built the 3 US Navy warships (that fired 60 US Tomahawk cruise missiles)|
Owns 37.5% of MBDA, (that built the SCALP missiles fired by UK and France)
|$12||Owns 37.5% of MBDA (that built the SCALP missiles fired by the UK and France)|
|$26||Built the US submarine (that fired 6 Tomahawk cruise missiles)|
|$2||Built the Rafale warplanes (that fired the SCALP missiles) and also built the Mirage jet fighters that protected the Rafale warplanes|
The 105 cruise missiles used in the attack on Syria
also included some that were made in France. For example, 3 French Naval SCALP cruise
missiles were fired from a French warship. This vessel, a "Longuedoc"
frigate, was built by MBDA (France).
MBDA is co-owned by three large war industries based in western Europe:
The CPP now owns $11 million worth of shares in the major French subsidiary of Airbus (i.e., Airbus SE).
(2) BAE Systems (UK) owns 37.5% of MBDA. (BAE Systems is the world's third largest weapons manufacturer.)
The CPP now owns $33 million worth of shares in BAE Systems.
(3) Leonardo (Italy) owns 25% of MBDA. (Leonardo is the world's ninth largest weapons manufacturer.)
The CPP now owns $12 million worth of shares in Leonardo.
The assault on Syria also included 9 SCALP/Storm Shadow (SS) cruise missiles that were also built by MBDA.
Seven of these SCALP/SS missiles were fired from French Air
Force "Rafale" jets.
These "Rafale" fighter jets were built by Dassault Aviation (France).
The CPP now owns $2 million worth of shares in Dassault Aviation.
An additional 8 SCALP/SS cruise missiles, built by MBDA, were fired from
4 of Britain's Royal Air Force "Tornado" jets.
These "Tornado" GR4 fighter jets were built by Panavia Aircraft (Germany).
2. The CPP's investment is in the major French subsidiary of Airbus, i.e., Airbus SE.
Aaron Mehta and Tara Copp, "Coalition launched
105 weapons against Syria, with none intercepted, DoD says," Military Times,
April 14, 2018.
Brad Lendon, "Weapons the US, UK and France used
to target Syria Brad Lendon-Profile-Image," CNN, April 15, 2018.
Equity Holdings, Canada Pension Plan, 2017-2018
Here are some COAT Tables about CPP investments in war industries
and other unsustainable corporations
Billion in 36 of the World's Top-100 War Industries