Let’s be honest, the Arrow killed the Arrow. Dreaming big is great, but it wasn’t anything more than an airframe with no avionics.
When Canada shut it down, where did that industry and personnel go?
GDLS being a US company…
Before it was GDLS it was part of GM Canada, it was a plant that built locomotives in Canada for CNR and CPR, plus a few short lines and regional carriers. It was done here to avoid an import and export tax on railroad equipment. Canadian locomotives could operate in the US and Vice Versa but import taxes made it more expensive.
Locomotives built in the London plant cost $191 712.00 in the 1950s, but importing the same locomotive from the New York plant cost an additional $115 000.00 in taxes.
They were cheaper and built a lot of Canadian operated locomotives, most railroads are international and cross provinces and state borders, all subject to taxes as they cross various lines.
They started to build construction equipment and buses in the excess space and line production, which lead to light armor vehicles being built.
Free Trade came along and they slowly moved the locomotive division out of Canada, to Mexico and the US. Cheaper wages and benefits, and unions.
They merged the company with GDLS then eventually sold it to GD.
GD also purchased the assets of the company that makes M1A1 tanks
Every times there is a protest of sales over seas there is talk of the plant closing, every time Canada looks new equipment or upgrades they talk about closing the plant unless they get the contract. It is like a hostage taking situation. Do this or we close.
The Arrow, great jet by all accounts, but it was going no where faster than it could fly. It would of been one of a kind jet in the NATO fleet, no spare parts any where, outside of Canada. The US aircraft market were going to use their cash and lobby groups to make the US government make sure no other country purchased the Arrow by under selling the price of the US jets already up and flying. The other countries considered air force equipment to be of National interest and little to no chance of buying from another country.
Where did the skilled labour and design pool end up, all over the US aircraft makers production lines, you can see arrow ideas in various US Aircraft.
If Canada ever got serious about the GDLS protests and sales it would see the company pulled out of London