Elbit Systems: Production of armed drones

Elbit Systems produce the unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) ‘Skylark’ and ‘Hermes’ 900 and 4501. The Israeli army have armed and deployed these in Gaza for years, resulting in serious civilian casualties2. Protests have taken place against Elbit Systems’ UK subsidiary UAV Engines (which makes engines for the UAV drones) calling on the UK government to stop arming Israel3.

Elbit Systems has also been criticised for its role in selling drones to Brazil, facilitating privacy violations4.



  1. Elbit Systems (2014): Hermes 900: Medium Altitude long endurance: (accessed 24.09.2014) []
  2.  Drone Wars UK (2014): Israel and the drone wars (accessed 09.08.2014) []
  3. Miller, A (2014): UK Activists shut weapons factory protest Israel’s Assault on Gaza; Waging Nonviolence (accessed 25.09.2014) []
  4. Cawley, M. (2014): Drone Use in Latin America: Dangers and Opportunities; 18 April, Insight Crime (accessed 25.09.2014) []
Case location
Jerusalem, Israel
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Affected topics
  • Controversial Weapons
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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