UAV Engines Ltd (UEL) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engines for drones (small, unmanned aircraft) that are becoming critical frontline systems for military and civilian use around the world. The company, known as UEL, is owned by the Israel drone specialists Silver Arrow, a subsidiary of the Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems.
Amnesty has recently uncovered evidence that the specially-designed engines for drones used by Israeli forces in targeted air strikes are made in the UK by UAV Engines, which is based in Lichfield, Staffordshire (Lynn Lane, Shenstone, WS14 0DT). One of its rotary Wankel engines is used in Elbit’s Hermes 450 drone. A version of the 450 drone makes up a squadron of the Israeli air force and has been seen over Gaza in the recent attacks, being used for surveillance and targeting for Israel’s F-16 strike fighters (see here and here).
On 19 January, around 30 people gathered outside the UVA Litchfield factory to protest against the company’s link with the massacre in Gaza. The protest was heavily policed, with one over-zealous arrest (see this report).
Direct Action Against Israel – Part 1