By The Globe and Mail Staff Written Friday, April 30, 2018 07:50:50 Canada says it has awarded $2 billion in compensation to Raytheons leading supplier for unmanned aerial systems and defence-related services, the largest of its kind in the world.
Raytheon has said it will seek an apology from Canada for a $5 billion award last year to a Canadian company it said supplied the drones used in the killing of a suspected Canadian soldier.
Ray theon, which also owns UAVs maker DJI, says the company was misled about its drone capabilities and did not properly investigate whether its systems were used for killing the soldier.
Raytheons chief executive, Paul J. Dolan, said Friday the company would pay $3.8 million to the family of the soldier killed in a raid on the village of Rayon in northern Quebec.
RayTheon said it did not know that the drone was a weapon until it was being used in a military operation, but the company has said the drone’s performance was compromised by a software flaw.
The family of Canadian soldier, Sgt. Mark Fenton, wants the company to compensate them for the damage the drone caused.
Canada is not the only country that has been angered by the allegations.
Last year, a Saudi Arabian judge ordered that Saudi Arabia pay $2.2 billion to a family of a Saudi pilot killed by a drone in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia said the award was illegal because the drone did not pose a threat to life and could have been used in other ways.
Ray Theon has faced similar legal issues in the past.
In February, the family said it had settled with Raytheo over an alleged price-fixing scheme.
The families compensation is significant because the company is the only U.S. manufacturer of drones for use in operations against militants in Afghanistan and Iraq.
As part of its compensation, Raytheos agreed to donate its research and development facilities to the U.N. to be used to develop next-generation drone technologies and will pay $1.8 billion to the United States for those programs.
Ray and DJI also are among the companies in the UAV business.
Both are also among the largest U.K. drone manufacturers, with a combined global sales of about $20 billion.
Earlier this year, RayTheon and DJA were among the first U.W. drone companies to be awarded contracts to deliver munitions to the war in Afghanistan, including a $3 million order for a C-130J Hercules plane.