More Scots firms linked to the manufacture of parts for Israel’s Gaza bombs

MORE Scots firms have been linked to weapons used by Israel to devastate Gaza.

One of the world’s biggest arms firms, make laser navigation units for the huge Paveway II guided bombs falling on Gaza in recent weeks.

But other Scots firms, supported by millions from taxpayers, are also selling military hardware to Israel.

In their Highlands plant, Denchi Power – formerly ABSL Power Solutions – produce batteries for drones, used to identify targets and co-ordinate the aerial bombardment which killed 2000 Palestinians.

The Caithness firm employ about 35 people at their factory in Thurso, built by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

A freedom of information request made to the UK government revealed in 2010 they applied for three UK military export licences to Israel.

One related to, “unmanned aircraft and related equipment and specially designed components”.

The other two licences were for “electronic equipment designed or modified for military use and specifically designed components”.

Denchi declined to comment but their website say they are “proud to be a leading supplier of batteries and chargers to global defence industry”.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade say ABSL are listed as sub-contractors to provide “emergency battery back-up” for a British drone called Watchkeeper WK450.

The Watchkeeper contract was awarded to UAV Tactical Systems Ltd, a joint venture between Israeli arms company Elbit Systems and a second arms firm called Thales UK.

Another arms firm with links to Israel is Selex ES which sponsored the Commonwealth Games and Edinburgh Science Festival.

Selex, owned by Italian industrial group Finnmeccanica, received £14 million from the Scottish government and Scottish Enterprise in the past 10 years for research in Scotland. They employ 2000 staff in Edinburgh.

In 2011, Selex’s Gabbiano surveillance radar was selected for Israeli-manufacturer Elbit System’s Hermes 450 and 900 drones.

The drones have been used in Gaza in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in response to Hamas rocket attacks.

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