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A Canadian company may have uncovered a complex secret supply chain that allowed one of its engines to be used in a Viran drone used by Russian forces in Ukraine, Canadian media reported Thursday.
We are talking about Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) from Quebec, which makes engines for motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles. In particular, its Ski-Doo snowmobile brand is so popular and loved in Canada that it has been recognized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as one of of Canada's greatest inventions back in 2007.
The company is by no means an arms manufacturer or defense contractor, having sold its military unit in 2003, and its Rotex engine, which is manufactured by its Austrian subsidiary, is designed mainly for civilian use.
However, a September report revealed that the Iranian-made Mohajer-6 drone shot down by Ukrainian forces was powered by a Rotax 912 aircraft engine, the National Post reported. And this is not the only case of Rotax engines found in Iranian drones.
According to the National Post, the company is currently silent on how its engine ended up in an Iranian drone, arguing that it could endanger their investigation.
However, it should also be noted that this Canadian firm is not the only one to discover that its products have somehow been used by Viranian drones in Russia.
In late November, The Wall The Street Journal reported that Israeli-made infrared lenses, along with more than 200 other components from the US, Europe and other allied countries, were found in Iranian drones used by Russia during the invasion of Ukraine.
how a Canadian Rotax engine ended up in Iranian drones in Russia remains to be seen and may have to wait until BRP makes its investigation public.
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