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CAE Inc.

in 2011

$25 million

This is the online version of
Profiting from Israeli Apartheid:
Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investments in Corporations Supporting Israel’s Military-, Police-, Surveillance-, Prison-Industrial Complex (Part 1)"
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Total = $91,938,000

In a reversal of the usual roles of corporate subservience, this Canadian war industry has subsidiaries in the US. In terms of military revenues, CAE is Canada’s top war industry. It leads the world in computer simulation and modelling technologies used for military flight training.

CAE’s flight simulators are, in effect, the world’s most realistic war games. Besides training pilots, bombardiers and other crew in warfighting skills, they also provide "mission rehearsals" to prepare warriors psychologically. By repeatedly simulated attacks, warriors can more easily conduct real bombing sorties when ordered.

CAE products are also used to design and evaluate major weapons systems, such as Boeing’s "Ballistic Missile Defence" weapons.

This Montreal-based company ranked within the world’s top-100 war industries every year between 2000 and 2009. (Only one other Canadian firm, DY4 Systems, ever even made it on to this list.) With military revenues reaching US$851 million in 2010, CAE now holds 72nd place, down from its highest position ever, 61st place, in 2001.

CAE contracts with the US government totalled US$571 million between 2000 and 2009. Of these, 99.9% were military related.

CAE has a global network of 24 aviation training centers which use more than 115 full-flight simulators. It trains 50,000+ crew members annually, including pilots, weapons specialists and technicians. CAE flight simulators are used for the RQ-1 "Predator" drone as well as for many varieties of military helicopters (including the AH-1, AH-64, CH-46, CH-47, CH-53, MH-47, MH-60, UH-1 and UH-60) and warplanes (such as the A-10, AV-8, C-130, E-3, EA-6B, EC-130, F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and Lynx.)

Israel’s Ministry of Defense says the CAE flight simulator that they use to train UH-60 and CH-53 helicopter crews, is among "the most advanced trainers of it kind." It provides "pre-mission preparedness training including mid-air refueling, dust landings, collaboration with naval vessels, payload hoists and low altitude flights." Israeli pilots used UH-60s and CH-53s to attack Lebanon (2006) and Gaza (2008-2009). In 2010, UH-60s dropped commandos onto a civilian ship bringing aid to Gaza. Nine passengers were killed and dozens were injured.

CAE continues to expand its longstanding partnership with Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) to develop training solutions. For example, in 2009, CAE and IAI finished developing a comprehensive mission system to train sensor operators and mission commanders how to operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

IAI used CAE’s "STRIVE" simulation framework to build the CORAL system, "a comprehensive suite of simulation software tools," which military commanders use to generate and evaluate complex battlefield scenarios involving numerous warplanes, weapons and other assets.

In August 2011, CAE "signed a strategic teaming agreement" to become "the preferred simulation and mission training solution provider" for Aeronautics Defense Systems (ADS), an Israeli manufacturer of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). ADS also conducts "all-inclusive operational missions for the Israeli Defense Forces." (See ADS in Bank Hapoalim.)



COAT research (published in Issues 66 and 67 of Press for Conversion!) exposes that in 2011 the CPP owned about $1.5 billion worth of shares in 68 corporations supplying Israel with military, police, surveillance and prison-related products.

To read COAT's research on the first half of
these 68 companies, click the pdf links below
to see the print version of Issue 66.  Or, click
each company name for the web version.)
(Articles on the second set of 34 companies
are in Issue #67 of Press for Conversion!):

pdf  3M Co
Amdocs Ltd
pdf  Analog Devices Inc

pdf  AT&T
pdf  BAE Systems
pdf  Bank Hapoalim
pdf  Bezeq
pdf  Bharat Electronics Ltd
pdf  CAE Inc
pdf  Carlyle Group
pdf  Caterpillar Inc
pdf  Cellcom Israel
pdf  Cemex
pdf  Cisco Systems
pdf  CRH plc
pdf  Daewoo Engineering & Construction
pdf  Daimler AG
pdf  Delek Group
pdf  Dell Inc
pdf  Discount Investment Corp
pdf  Doosan Corp
pdf  Eaton Corp
pdf  Elbit Systems
pdf  EMC Corp
pdf  Evraz Group
pdf  Fiat Industrial
pdf  Fiat SpA
pdf  Finmeccanica
pdf  Fujitsu Ltd
pdf  Hewlett-Packard Co
pdf  Hitachi Ltd
pdf  Honeywell International
pdf  Hyundai Motor Co
pdf  Hyundai Heavy Industries

Additional resources from this issue:
Israeli Spy Companies:
Verint and Narus

State-owned Israeli War Industries:
, IMI and Rafael

Vertex Venture Capital:
Investing in Israeli High-Tech Companies

Table listing CPP Investments


Table listing CPP Investments worth $1.5 billion in 66 companies supporting Israel's military, police, surveillance, prison-industrial complex.

Table listing additional investments totalling $4.5 billion by six large Canadian pension funds (including CPP) in the 66 companies researched by COAT.

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Top 100 Defense Contractors, Defense News

"CAE, Canada’s Role in so called ‘Missile Defense,’" Press for Conversion!, June 2005.

Contracts to CAE Corp.

Air Simulation and Courses

"Video reveals European, American weapons used in Israeli attack on Gaza Flotilla," June 13, 2010.

"CAE - IAI to display UAV training system at Aero India 2009," February 11, 2009.

"IAI Introduces Concept Of Operations Research And Analysis Lab," November 28, 2005.

"IAI and CAE collaborate to develop new training solutions," November 28, 2005.

CAE 2010 Annual Information Form

"IAI’s MagNet Division and CAE to Develop a UAV Mission Trainer," February 11, 2009.

Alan Peaford, "CAE signs team training deal with Israeli defence manufacturer," Aug. 18, 2011.