Publication: Campaign Against Arms Trading CAAT Issued: Date: Reporter: Jamie Smit

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Jamie Smit

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Aerospatiale Matra - see EADS: "EADS comprises the activities of the founding partners Aerospatiale Matra S.A. (France), Construcciones AeronŠuticas S.A. (Spain) and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)."

AgustaWestland: "A Finmeccanica and GKN company"

Alvis: "Alvis has a global reach, with manufacturing operations in the UK, Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Asia. There are Alvis customers in over 100 countries"

AMS: "AMS is an equal shares joint venture between BAE SYSTEMS of the UK and Finmeccanica of Italy. The company is a major force in European defence and electronics with a turnover of over Ä1.2 Billion and an established international customer base in over 100 countries."

Babcock International Group: "A multinational services systems and engineered group, headquartered in the UK."

Boeing [US]: "The Boeing Company, after its merger in 1997 with McDonnell Douglas and acquisition in 1996 of the defense and space units of Rockwell International, became the largest aerospace company in the world."

BAE Systems: "a company with world-leading specialist groups, spread globally, between them covering all the main sectors of defence electronics, aerospace, naval shipbuilding, and systems."

CASA - see EADS: "EADS comprises the activities of the founding partners Aerospatiale Matra S.A. (France), Construcciones AeronŠuticas S.A. (Spain) and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)."

Chemring: "the Group operates in the following business areas: Countermeasures... Military Pyrotechnics... Marine Safety... Aerospace Wiring Harnesses... Chemical Coatings"

Cobham: "specialists in the design and manufacture of equipment, specialised systems and components primarily for use within the aerospace, defence, industrial and communications industry."

DaimlerChrysler Aerospace - see EADS: "EADS comprises the activities of the founding partners Aerospatiale Matra S.A. (France), Construcciones AeronŠuticas S.A. (Spain) and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Germany)."

Dassault Aviation[France]: "Dassault Aviation offers customers the high technology tools (aircraft and support systems) required to guarantee their independence and sovereignty within a global defence system."

Devonport Management Ltd - DML: "Established to run Devonport in response to the Government's quest for improved value for money, DML bought the dockyard in 1997. The company boasts substantial parents in Brown & Root, BICC and the Weir Group."

DRS Technologies[US]: "It is the vision of DRS Technologies to be a leading, mid-tier defense technology company providing advanced products and services to both government and commercial customers worldwide."

EADS: "European Aeronatic Defence and Space - a Franco-German-Spanish Combine which was formed after BAE backed out of a Pan-European aerospace project"

Elbit Systems [Israel]:

Finmeccanica [Italy]: "The Finmeccanica Group is the largest in Italy and ranks among the largest international groups in the sectors in which it operates - Aerospace, Defence, Energy, Transportation and Information Technology"

General Dynamics[US]: "General Dynamics has leading market positions in business aviation, information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land and amphibious combat systems. The company is a leading supplier of sophisticated defense systems to the United States and its allies."

General Electric Aircraft Engines [US]: "GE is the world's leading manufacturer of military and commercial aircraft jet engines. The company produces and services large and small jet engines for airlines, charter and leasing companies, and military aircraft."

GKN: "A global industrial company with operations in over 40 countries. Activities in the automotive, aerospace and industrial services sectors."

Harris [US]: "Harris' innovative achievements in high-tech design, development, packaging and manufacturing have provided advanced products for current and next generation aircraft, UAV's, missile systems, improved fire control systems for ground vehicles and command / control solutions for smart munitions."

Heckler & Koch: "Heckler & Koch products meet the most demanding expectations of Security Forces, Special Police Units and the Armed Forces."

Holston Army Ammunition Plant [US]: "Holston Army Ammunition Plant, a member of the Army's Industrial Operations Command, is the single active Department of Defense producer of conventional explosives." "On January 1, 1999, Royal Ordnance North America, Inc., a subsidiary of BAE SYSTEMS, formerly British Aerospace, became the operating contractor at Holston Army Ammunition Plant."

Hunting - see INSYS: "Hunting PLC has completed the sale of HEL to INSYS Group Limited... The sale successfully concludes the disposal of Hunting's Defence Division."

IAI [Israel]: "Israel Aircraft Industries is globally recognized as a leader in developing military and commercial aerospace technology."

IMI [Israel]: "Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of innovative, high performance defense and military systems."

INSYS: "Our vision: To be a preferred contractor to the UK Ministry of Defence and partner of choice to the global defence industry."

L-3 Communications [US]: "With over 15,000 employees and over $1.9 billion in sales, L-3 Communications is a leading merchant supplier to aerospace, military and commercial primes."

Landrover: "Built up over 50 years, the legend of the Defender is as solid as the vehicle itself."

Lockheed Martin [US]: "Lockheed Martin is one of the world's leading diversified technology companies. We research, design, develop, manufacture and integrate advanced technology systems, products, and services for government and commercial customers around the world. Business areas span aeronautics, space, systems integration, and technology services"

MBDA: "A World Leading Missile Systems Company."

Northrop Grumman [US]: "Northrop Grumman is a company defined by one word - technology. From under the sea to outer space and into cyberspace, Northrop Grumman technologies and products play a key role in the evolving defense environment of the 21st century."

Pratt & Whitney [US]: "Pratt & Whitney is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of engines for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, space propulsion and power systems."

PW Defence: "PW Defence is a major international company dealing in pyrotechnics and high energy products." PW Defence is a subsidiary of Chemring.

QinetiQ: "plc from the larger part of DERA."

Racal - now part of Thales:

Raytheon [US]: "Raytheon is focused on three core businesses: defense and commercial electronics; business aviation and special mission aircraft; and engineering and construction."

Repaircraft: "Specialises in the supply and support of Armoured Fighting Vehicles. The company... is a supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence and over 25 other armies."

Rockwell Collins: [US] "Rockwell Collins is a world leader in the development and production of advanced communication and aviation electronics for the air transport, regional, business and military markets."

Rolls-Royce: "Rolls-Royce military engines are the finest in the world. They have to be. The mission is paramount. Rapid deployment essential. Performance in the air must be matched by the support on the ground. At Rolls-Royce we believe nothing is impossible."

Rosoboronexport [Russia]: "With nearly half-a-century expertise inherited from its predecessors - "Rosvoorouzhenie" and "Promexport" companies - it is also the most experienced Russian state-run company engaged in international military sales."

Saab Aerospace [Sweden/UK]: "Together with the Gripen fourth-generation multi-role fighter, leading products of the Military Aerospace business area include missiles, avionics, electronic warfare systems, sensors, optronics and earlier-generation Saab military aircraft."

Sandline: "A Private Military Company (PMC) focussing on conflict resolution. The company works worldwide and is resourced by professionals with many years of operational experience at senior rank within first world armies."

Short Brothers - now part of Thales

Smiths Group: "a world leader in advanced avionics, medical systems and specialised industrial products."

Thales [France]: "Thales is a global electronics company serving Aerospace, Defence, and Information Technology markets worldwide."

Ultra Electronics: "Ultra is a group of specialist businesses operating in the international aerospace and defence markets."

United Technologies [US]: "UTC is a $26 billion company that provides high technology products to the aerospace and building systems industries throughout the world."

Vickers: "A specialist group of world class engineering companies, which operate at the leading edge of marine, turbine and defence technology." "Vickers plc is now part of the Rolls-Royce group."

Vosper Thornycroft: "one of the world's leading exporters of warships having supplied 270 ships to 34 countries over the last 30 years"

With acknowledgement to Jamie Smit and CAAT Magazine.