Ultra Electronics

Ultra Electronics is listed by SIPRI as being the world’s 95th largest arms company, with military equipment comprising 61% of its sales. The company “manages a wide range of specialist capabilities, generating highly-differentiated solutions and products in the Defence & Aerospace, Security & Cyber, Transport and Energy markets.”(company website)

Ultra Electronics is active in many military fields. It describes the US and UK as its “core markets”, but also identifies ‘target regions’ for military sales: Australia, the Middle East and India. “These core markets and target regions allow Ultra to access the largest addressable defence and security budgets in the world”. (Annual Report 2016)

In 2013, the company was in the news after Edinburgh University decided, following pressure from students, to withdraw its investments in Ultra Electronics due to its manufacturing of navigation controls for Predator and Reaper drones, the machines used by the US in “targeted killing” missions in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. (Guardian, 29.9.2013)


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