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Norway arms exports face tightening. Centre-Left politicians agree to ask government to restrict sales of Norwegian-produced components. Arms industry interest organisation players fear repercussions. The Liberals (V), Centre (Sp), and Socialist Left (SV) are behind the proposal preventing these being “included in products sold to end users that would have been unacceptable as recipients of military material exported from Norway,” Finansavisen reports. Their move to further tighten these comes following last week’s annual whitepaper review by parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

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Norway arms exports face tightening

Published on Tuesday, 18th February, 2014 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Centre-Left politicians agree to ask government to restrict sales of Norwegian-produced components. Arms industry interest organisation players fear repercussions.

Kongsberg Protector mounted on Stryker
This is one of the products the Norwegian arms manufacturing industry has exported.Kongsberg Protector mounted on Stryker
Photo: TSGT MIKE BUYTAS, USAF/Wikimedia Commons


The Liberals (V), Centre (Sp), and Socialist Left (SV) are behind the proposal preventing these being “included in products sold to end users that would have been unacceptable as recipients of military material exported from Norway,” Finansavisen reports.

Their move to further tighten these comes following last week’s annual whitepaper review by parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Annual arms export values have been between NOK 4bn and 5bn (ca. USD 659-823.7m/EUR 480.5-600.7m/GBP 395-493.7m) the past few years.

At the same time, declining demand since about 2008 has resulted in falling sales. State number-cruncher SSB’s figures (external link) show general Norwegian military equipment export values decreased over NOK 400m (more than USD 65.9m/EUR 48m/GBP 39.5m) in 2013.

Last year’s total ended up on roughly NOK 2.1bn (some USD 346m/EUR 252.2m/GBP 207.6m). Group military weapons and parts for weapons declined the most, down NOK 580m/USD 95.5m/EUR 69.6m/GBP 57.3m – all figures at today’s ROE.

Moreover, alleged double-dealing missile shield Norway was one of the first countries to sign the UN arms trade treaty in 2013 after spearheading talks.

Torbjørn Svensgård, managing director of Norwegian Defence and Security Industries’ interest organisation FSi (Forsvars- og sikkerhetsindustriensforening) expresses concern about the tri-Partite initiative.

“Norwegian industry will be excluded from participating if it creates uncertainty about whether it can meet long-term obligations as a subcontractor in major international collaborative projects,” he tells the paper.




Published on Tuesday, 18th February, 2014 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegianarms, norwayarmsexports.





  
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