The EDO MBM weapons factory in Brighton is owned by Harris (a massive multinational arms corporation). It has produced parts for weaponry sold to countries including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey and the United States, allowing them to commit grave human rights abuses, in violation of international law.
The Brighton factory is expanding for the first time in 15 years, increasing it’s ability to produce deadly weapons.
We want factories that manufacture goods to sustain life and our planet, not destroy them.
Join the demo.
Bring banners, placards and anything to make noise with.
WHEN: 3.30pm till 5.00pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019
WHERE: EDO MBM, Home Farm Road, Brighton
On 4th September 2018 Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) granted planning permission to US arms company Harris Corporation subsidiary EDO MBM Technology Ltd to expand its production of aircraft weapons release systems at its site on Home Farm Road in Brighton (Reference BH2018/01868). This most recent decision to allow EDO MBM to expand comes less than 15 months after planning permission was granted for a two storey side extension (Reference BH2016/05939).
EDO components are being produced for UK-supplied Saudi Tornado and Typhoon warplanes. These warplanes are assisting war crimes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen. The war in Yemen has caused over 60,000 civilian deaths and a widespread famine, with UN OCHA estimating that 8.4 million people are at imminent risk of starvation.
EDO also own the patent for an ‘umbilicus’ – a small cable that feeds geolocation information to a smart bomb in F35 fighter jets sold to Turkey and used to invade Northern Syria / Rojava.
Further, EDO owns the VER-2 (Veritical Ejection Rack), the main bomb rack used on the Israel F-16, which have been used to bomb Gaza. EDO bomb release components are supplied to Israel, Saudi Arabia and US air forces certified for use with cluster bombs, contrary to the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010.
In 2014, Israel’s aerial bombardment and ground invasion of beseiged Gaza killed over 2,200 Palestinians, nearly a quarter of them children. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reports that the Israeli F-16 is the most likely military aircraft delivery system for its nuclear weapons.