Lola has provided the carbon composite fuselage for the UK Watchkeeper drone, as well as BAE’s Mantis drone. Lola is a manufacturer of car bodies for high performace racing machines. It is based at: Glebe Road, St Peters Road, Huntingdon,
Cambridgeshire PE29 7DS. United Kingdom
In an interesting but surely innocuous coincidence, the UK Minister of State for Strategic Defence Acquisition Reform under New Labour was Lord Drayson who races the Drayson Racing Lola-Judd LMP1 racecar.
Lola has a quality systems approval with many arms manufacturers, including Elbit Systems. This leads to the obvious question whether Lola Composites are used in the Israeli versions of the Hermes 450, upon which Watchkeeper is based. Or whether this association will lead to use of other Hermes 450 clones in the future. Will UK high technology be transferred to the Israeli drones programme in the form of high performance carban composites?