EADS: Arms Exports to Areas of Conflict

Armed helicopters built by EADS subsidiaries (mainly Eurocopter) or their predecessors are sold to almost every conflict area in the world [1], including for example Angola, Burma, Colombia, or Israel.

Since the arms embargo was lifted in 2004, military jeeps, helicopters, and anti-tank  missiles have been delivered to Libya. Gaddafi’s regime transferred € 168 million to EADS for the MILAN missiles.[2]


[1] Ian Black, Libyan rebels receiving anti-tank weapons from Qatar, Guardian, 14th April 2011; Howard Mustoe and Andrea Rothman, Eurofighter’s combat debut in Libya may boost sales of $106 million plane, Bloomberg, 24 March 2011

[2] http://stopwapenhandel.org/sites/stopwapenhandel.org/files/EADS2011_0.pdf. This includes Angola, Burma, Chad, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Israel, Morocco and Taiwan. Missiles produced by MBDA (and predecessors) are sold to countries including Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Chad, China, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Affected topics
  • Human and Labour Rights
Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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