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Elbit Systems Ltd. is the largest Israeli non-governmental defense company and among the world's biggest defense electronic and electro-optic systems producers (see their website here). The company derives most of its revenues directly or indirectly from government agencies. According to their 2010 Annual Report, in 2010 Elbit acquired more than half a billion U.S. dollars through contracts with the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Elbit is dually traded in Tel Aviv and in New York and it is member of the TA-25 Index, the 25 biggest Israeli companies. Its total revenue as of December 2010 was $2,670,133,000.
Elbit Systems is directly involved in all of Israel's military operations, and it has developed specific technologies specially suited for the control and repression of the civilian population and for attacks on large population centers. It has been chosen as a first divestment target by major European investors outraged by Israel's attacks on Gaza and on the Free Gaza Flotilla.
The company has been involved in the construction of the Separation Wall
in the West Bank, which has been declared illegal by the International Court of Justice. The company supplies this project with a range of systems and products for border security and surveillance, including observation systems and smart fences.
Elbit produces Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAVs) and Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs) or "drones". In 2010 Elbit was awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to provide its newest weapon-compatible UAS Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 worth $50 million to the Israeli Army. Similarly, the company is involved in the production of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) that are used by the Israeli military in patrols along the border with the Gaza strip and along the "Seamline Expanse" in the occupied West Bank.
Recently we have discovered that through its subsidiary, Soltam
, the company produces mortar ammunition, including white phosphorus mortar shells. The Israeli Army has used white phosphorus shells in the 2008 attacks on Gaza, which reportedly led to civilian casualties. Subsequently Israel has been accused of having committed war crimes.
Elbit also supplies the Israeli Air Force with avionics systems for aircrafts and helicopters and produces a wide range of systems for all models of Israel's main battle tank, the Merkava.