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Elbit Systems

 

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an Israel-based international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. Elbit was founded in 1966 and is based in Haifa, Israel.

Elbit is the second biggest arms company in Israel and the biggest private arms company in Israel. Elbit’s biggest single customer is the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD). Elbit’s revenue in 2018 stood at $3.7 Billion with a net income of $470 Million.

Major shareholders of Elbit are: Federmann Enterprises Ltd. (45.8%), Heris Asktiengesellschaft (8.97%), all 26 executive directors (0.01%). Other major investors are Psagot Investment House, FMR, Invesco, Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co, Renaissance Technologies, Altshuler Shaham, Delek Group, Vanguard Group and Deutsche Bank. The Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board, the Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank of Canada also hold shares.

The company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, electronic warfare suites, signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems, data links and communications systems and radios. The company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

Elbit provides up to 85% of the land-based equipment procured by the Israeli military and about 85% of its drones, but it is also a company with international reach – 80% of its market is outside Israel. The company has military contracts with governments in the US, UK and Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. It manufactures most of its equipment in Israel, the US, Europe and Brazil.

Elbit’s supply of products and services to the Israeli military, ministry of interior and police is extensive and spreads across varying fields. For example, in May 2017, Elbit won a tender to supply the Israeli Ministry of Defense with its ELSAT 2100, a communication system that can be installed on moving vehicles and systems. In 2015, the company secured an 11-year contract worth 90 million USD for the maintenance of the Israeli army’s F-16 Jets. In the same year, Elbit won a Ministry of Interior and Israel Police tender worth 115 million USD; the 10-year contract was for the purchase of 6 Airbus Helicopters for the Israeli police and providing maintenance services. The company has been one of the main providers of the electronic detection fence system to the Apartheid Wall in the occupied West Bank.

The heavy reliance of the Israeli army on Elbit products serves as a marketing tool for Elbit. The company markets its products as ‘battle-tested’ and claims “outstanding capabilities” based on “operational experience gained through tens of thousands of operational sortied by the IDF”.[1] In the month of July 2014 alone, during the peak of the assault on Gaza, Elbit’s profits increased by 6.1%, the highest level of increase since 2010.[2]

Drones

About 85% of drones used by the Israeli military are manufactured by Elbit.[3] Elbit’s armed drones were used by the Israeli army in daily surveillance and attacks in Gaza.[4] One of Elbit’s most famous UAVs the  Skylark  – an intelligence gathering drone, operational in the Israeli army since 2008 – which is used during military operations of house arrest in the occupied West Bank. The Skylark was used during the so-called “Brothers come home” Israeli attacks in June and July 2014, where scores of Palestinian civilians were arbitrarily arrested. During Israel’s deadly attack on Gaza in 2014, Elbit’s 7.5 Skylark, as well as its lethal UAV, the  Hermes  900, were used.[5]

Elbit’s Hermes drones were used to attack people in Gaza during Israel’s 2009 Operation Cast Lead attack.[6]

In effect, Elbit markets its equipment with the fact that it has been battle tested on people in Gaza. For example, the Elbit website advertises the Hermes 450 drone as “combat proven” and the “primary platform of the IDF in counter-terror operations”.[7]  [8] Accordingly, drones provided by Elbit and other companies have been used by the Israeli military to carry out assassinations in Sudan and Egypt at times when Israel was not officially ‘at war’ with those countries. They have also been used to spy on people in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon.[9]

Cyberbit

In December 2017, Citizenlab published a detailed report that showed that Ethiopian dissidents and journalists in the US, UK, and other countries were targeted by sophisticated commercial spyware, sold and operated by Cyberbit, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems. In a reply to an inquiry from Human Rights Watch on the topic, Cyberbit did not deny selling this kind of technology, and rejected the responsibility of its possible misuse of its customers.[10]  [11]

Subsidiaries:

 

Elbit is growing fast. It has absorbed dozens of companies since the year 2000, presiding over a considerable global network of over 80 subsidiaries and affiliated corporations.

Israeli subsidiaries: Elbit Systems Electro-Optic Elop Ltd., Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd., Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT – Elisra Ltd., Elbit Systems CyberBit, BrightWay Vision, Sigmabit, Cyclone, Opgal, Kinetics, ITL Optronics, SCD (50%), Tor (50%)

US Subsidiaries: Elbit Systems of America, Merrimack Operations (Kollsman Inc), EFW, KMC Systems, Fort Worth Operations, International Enterprises, Talladega Operations (IEI), Mclean Operations (ICI), San Antonio Operations (M7), M7 Aerospace, Real Time Laboratories, Boca Raton Operations, VSI and RCEVS.

Elbit Systems of America and its subsidiaries have operational facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Talladega, Alabama, Roanoke, Virginia and Boca Raton, Florida. The Roanoke, Virginia facility includes the activities of Elbit Systems of America – Night Vision, which was acquired by Elbit Systems of America in September 2019. Elbit Systems of America also has a 50% interest in a joint venture with Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp., which is engaged in the area of helmet mounted display systems for fixed-wing military and para-military aircraft.

Elbit Systems of America (ESA), wholly owned by Elbit, is a contractor for the US Foreign Military Sales Programme and has a special security arrangement with the US Department of Defense allowing them access to classified data.

European subsidiaries: Elbit Belgium, Telefunken Racoms (Germany). Elbit Austria, Elbit Romania.

UK subsidiaries: UAV Engines (UEL), Ferranti Technologies, Elite KL, Instro Precision, UTacS.

Other Subsidiaries: GeoSpectrum Technologies (Canada), Elbit Systems of Australia, Halbit (India), SESA (South Korea), Ares (Brazil), AEL (Brazil)

The company manufactures and assembles its systems and products at its operational facilities in Israel, the US, Europe, Brazil, India and Australia. In April 2018, the company opened an office in Germany.

Elbit also opened an office in Berlin in 2018[12] and bought the US company Universal Avionics Systems, which has three premises in the US and one office in Switzerland.

Acquisitions:

 

Between 2010-2020 Elbit purchased Israeli arms companies IMI, NICE Systems, Tadiran, Elisra and Soltam Systems.

Israel Military Industries (IMI): In January 2018, the Israeli government approved the sale of its wholly owned weapons company, the Israeli Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) to Elbit. The $515 million deal was finalized in November 2018. Established in 1993, IMI was involved in the manufacturing of a range of weapons, munitions and military technology for the Israeli army. The company’s products were and are used by the Israeli army and exported internationally to 70 militaries and government agencies around the world.[13] It has a workforce of over 3,000 people and sold $330 million of weapons to the Israeli army in 2016.

 

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For more information about the company’s involvement in the Israeli occupation, you may visit Who Profits.

More information about the company and its financial profile, as well as investors, can be found at Investigate.

Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an Israel-based international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. Elbit was founded in 1966 and is based in Haifa, Israel.

Elbit is the second biggest arms company in Israel and the biggest private arms company in Israel. Elbit’s biggest single customer is the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD). Elbit’s revenue in 2018 stood at $3.7 Billion with a net income of $470 Million.

Major shareholders of Elbit are: Federmann Enterprises Ltd. (45.8%), Heris Asktiengesellschaft (8.97%), all 26 executive directors (0.01%). Other major investors are Psagot Investment House, FMR, Invesco, Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co, Renaissance Technologies, Altshuler Shaham, Delek Group, Vanguard Group and Deutsche Bank. The Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board, the Bank of Montreal and Royal Bank of Canada also hold shares.

The company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, electronic warfare suites, signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems, data links and communications systems and radios. The company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

Elbit provides up to 85% of the land-based equipment procured by the Israeli military and about 85% of its drones, but it is also a company with international reach – 80% of its market is outside Israel. The company has military contracts with governments in the US, UK and Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. It manufactures most of its equipment in Israel, the US, Europe and Brazil.

Elbit’s supply of products and services to the Israeli military, ministry of interior and police is extensive and spreads across varying fields. For example, in May 2017, Elbit won a tender to supply the Israeli Ministry of Defense with its ELSAT 2100, a communication system that can be installed on moving vehicles and systems. In 2015, the company secured an 11-year contract worth 90 million USD for the maintenance of the Israeli army’s F-16 Jets. In the same year, Elbit won a Ministry of Interior and Israel Police tender worth 115 million USD; the 10-year contract was for the purchase of 6 Airbus Helicopters for the Israeli police and providing maintenance services. The company has been one of the main providers of the electronic detection fence system to the Apartheid Wall in the occupied West Bank.

The heavy reliance of the Israeli army on Elbit products serves as a marketing tool for Elbit. The company markets its products as ‘battle-tested’ and claims “outstanding capabilities” based on “operational experience gained through tens of thousands of operational sortied by the IDF”.[1] In the month of July 2014 alone, during the peak of the assault on Gaza, Elbit’s profits increased by 6.1%, the highest level of increase since 2010.[2]

Drones

About 85% of drones used by the Israeli military are manufactured by Elbit.[3] Elbit’s armed drones were used by the Israeli army in daily surveillance and attacks in Gaza.[4] One of Elbit’s most famous UAVs the  Skylark  – an intelligence gathering drone, operational in the Israeli army since 2008 – which is used during military operations of house arrest in the occupied West Bank. The Skylark was used during the so-called “Brothers come home” Israeli attacks in June and July 2014, where scores of Palestinian civilians were arbitrarily arrested. During Israel’s deadly attack on Gaza in 2014, Elbit’s 7.5 Skylark, as well as its lethal UAV, the  Hermes  900, were used.[5]

Elbit’s Hermes drones were used to attack people in Gaza during Israel’s 2009 Operation Cast Lead attack.[6]

In effect, Elbit markets its equipment with the fact that it has been battle tested on people in Gaza. For example, the Elbit website advertises the Hermes 450 drone as “combat proven” and the “primary platform of the IDF in counter-terror operations”.[7]  [8] Accordingly, drones provided by Elbit and other companies have been used by the Israeli military to carry out assassinations in Sudan and Egypt at times when Israel was not officially ‘at war’ with those countries. They have also been used to spy on people in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon.[9]

Cyberbit

In December 2017, Citizenlab published a detailed report that showed that Ethiopian dissidents and journalists in the US, UK, and other countries were targeted by sophisticated commercial spyware, sold and operated by Cyberbit, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems. In a reply to an inquiry from Human Rights Watch on the topic, Cyberbit did not deny selling this kind of technology, and rejected the responsibility of its possible misuse of its customers.[10]  [11]

Elbit is growing fast. It has absorbed dozens of companies since the year 2000, presiding over a considerable global network of over 80 subsidiaries and affiliated corporations.

Israeli subsidiaries: Elbit Systems Electro-Optic Elop Ltd., Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd., Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT – Elisra Ltd., Elbit Systems CyberBit, BrightWay Vision, Sigmabit, Cyclone, Opgal, Kinetics, ITL Optronics, SCD (50%), Tor (50%)

US Subsidiaries: Elbit Systems of America, Merrimack Operations (Kollsman Inc), EFW, KMC Systems, Fort Worth Operations, International Enterprises, Talladega Operations (IEI), Mclean Operations (ICI), San Antonio Operations (M7), M7 Aerospace, Real Time Laboratories, Boca Raton Operations, VSI and RCEVS.

Elbit Systems of America and its subsidiaries have operational facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Talladega, Alabama, Roanoke, Virginia and Boca Raton, Florida. The Roanoke, Virginia facility includes the activities of Elbit Systems of America – Night Vision, which was acquired by Elbit Systems of America in September 2019. Elbit Systems of America also has a 50% interest in a joint venture with Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp., which is engaged in the area of helmet mounted display systems for fixed-wing military and para-military aircraft.

Elbit Systems of America (ESA), wholly owned by Elbit, is a contractor for the US Foreign Military Sales Programme and has a special security arrangement with the US Department of Defense allowing them access to classified data.

European subsidiaries: Elbit Belgium, Telefunken Racoms (Germany). Elbit Austria, Elbit Romania.

UK subsidiaries: UAV Engines (UEL), Ferranti Technologies, Elite KL, Instro Precision, UTacS.

Other Subsidiaries: GeoSpectrum Technologies (Canada), Elbit Systems of Australia, Halbit (India), SESA (South Korea), Ares (Brazil), AEL (Brazil)

The company manufactures and assembles its systems and products at its operational facilities in Israel, the US, Europe, Brazil, India and Australia. In April 2018, the company opened an office in Germany.

Elbit also opened an office in Berlin in 2018[1] and bought the US company Universal Avionics Systems, which has three premises in the US and one office in Switzerland.

Between 2010-2020 Elbit purchased Israeli arms companies IMI, NICE Systems, Tadiran, Elisra and Soltam Systems.

Israel Military Industries (IMI): In January 2018, the Israeli government approved the sale of its wholly owned weapons company, the Israeli Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) to Elbit. The $515 million deal was finalized in November 2018. Established in 1993, IMI was involved in the manufacturing of a range of weapons, munitions and military technology for the Israeli army. The company’s products were and are used by the Israeli army and exported internationally to 70 militaries and government agencies around the world.[1] It has a workforce of over 3,000 people and sold $330 million of weapons to the Israeli army in 2016.

For more information about the company’s involvement in the Israeli occupation, you may visit Who Profits.