Corporate Occupation researchers were given these documents by a delegate during the protests against the March 2018 Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) arms fair in Cardiff. We are making them publicly available today, so that everyone can see exactly what sort of event the fair is. We know that arms companies often portray themselves in quite a different light when they are talking to other people involved in the industry, to when they are putting on a friendly face for the public. We hope that these documents may be useful to researchers and activists struggling to put an end to this event.
In the run up to the 2018 event in Cardiff, the event’s organisers denied that DPRTE was an arms fair. However, the Ministry of Defence’s brochure for DPRTE 2018 gave information on obtaining contracts to provide services to MOD departments concerned with artillery and missile systems to the delegates attending. A large section of the event was also dedicated to enabling delegates to obtain contracts from the US Department of Defense.
Another key aspect of the fair was to allow delegates to obtain collaborations with MOD ‘prime contractors’ – including BAE Systems, Raytheon and General Dynamics. All these companies have also armed Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine. Another attending prime contractor was Airbus, which has collaborated on joint projects with Israel Aerospace Industries.
We hope these documents will make crystal clear DPTRE’s relationship to the death and destruction, imperialism and massacres perpetuated by the arms industry. We would like to send our solidarity to those who have been demonstrating against DPRTE’s 2019 exhibition at Farnborough today.
Direct action has forced DPRTE to abandon venues in Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham. It is now being held behind barbed wire at Farnborough. We look forward to the day when direct action puts an end to this event for good.
DPRTE Cardiff – Programme 2018
Ministry of Defence Brochure – Cardiff DPRTE Arms fair 2018
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