Advanced Composite Group Ltd has been qualified to supply composites for the construction of Watchkeeper drones being built by Thales and’ integrated’ by UTacS in Leister. ACG claims strengthened ties with Elbit, the owner of the Hermes 450 technology on which the Watchkeeper is based.
Part of the contruction is carried out by Lola Composites of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire using ACG composite materials . Presumably they are creating the body of the drones, which are then finished by UTacS in Leister. UTacS is a joint venture of Thales, and Elbit Systems of Israel.
Advanced Composite Group Ltd is a subsidiary of Umeco plc and has plants in Heanor, Derbyshire, in Manchester, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US.
Umeco is a UK based aerospace company. Included in its code of ethics is the phrase:
“Umeco adheres to all relevant government guidelines designed to ensure that products are not incorporated into weapons or other equipment used for the purpose of terrorism, internal repression or abuse of human rights.”
Lola Composites is better known as a manufacturer of race car bodies and similar products.