BAE Systems, with a base in Rochester, is the world’s third largest arms producer. It exports to over 100 countries – including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, UAE.
BAE makes fighter aircraft, warships, tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery, missiles and small arms ammunition – and sells to some of the world’s most repressive regimes,
In a recent deal, BAE supplied 200 Tactica armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. These vehicles were used by Saudi troops helping to suppress pro-democracy protests in Bahrain in March 2011. BAE’s warplanes have also played a central role in Saudi Arabia’s attacks in Yemen, and BAE has 5,700 employees in Saudi Arabia itself, providing operational support to the armed forces including the Saudi air force.
“Both BAE and its Israeli subsidiary, Rokar, contribute to weaponry used by Israel to attack Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. BAE produces cluster bombs and the F-16 combat aircraft, which were used during the 2008-2009 assault on the Gaza Strip, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians.”
From BDS Movement
BAE is heavily involved in the development of the Trident replacement submarines. In May 2012, BAE was handed the lion’s share of an MoD contract worth £350 million to build the next generation of nuclear armed Sucessor submarines, which will replace the Vanguard submarines which currently carry Trident.
BAE are one of the sponsors for the new Medway UTC. So they’ll be using that to whitewash and brainwash young people on the benefits of stoking war and arming military dictators.
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