Corporate Suppliers for Iraq's Weapons Programs

Seventeen British companies who supplied Iraq with nuclear, biological, chemical, rocket and conventional weapons technology are to be investigated and could face prosecution following a Sunday Herald investigation. One of the companies is International Military Services, a part of the Ministry of Defence, which sold rocket technology to Iraq. The companies were named by Iraq in a 12,000 page dossier submitted to the UN in December. The Security Council agreed to US requests to censor 8000 pages — including sections naming western businesses which aided Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programme.


Foreign companies supplied Iraq's nuclear weapons programme with detonators, fissionable material and parts for a uranium enrichment plant. Foreign companies also provided Iraq's chemical and biological programmes with basic materials; helped with building labs; assisted the extension of missile ranges; provided technology to fit missiles with nuclear, biological and chemical warheads; and supplied Scud mobile launch-pads. Nearly all the weapons that were supplied have been destroyed, accounted for or immobilised, according to former weapons inspectors.


Labour MP Tam Dalyell said: 'What the Sunday Herald has printed is of huge significance. It exposes the hypocrisy of Blair and Bush. The chickenhawks who want war were up to their necks in arms deals. This drives a coach and horses through the moral case for war.'

Revealed: 17 British firms armed Saddam with his weapons

The following companies in the USA, Britain, France, China, Russia and other countries are identified in the Iraqi weapons report, submitted to the United Nations 2002-12-07, as having supplied materials or advice to Iraq in the development of its various weapons programs. Whatever "weapons of mass destruction" Iraq may (or may not) possess (or once possessed) were obtained or developed with the assistance and cooperation of many Western governments and companies, mostly American and British. This is interesting, since it is the political leaders of the USA and Britain who have been loudest in denouncing Saddam Hussein as an "evil dictator" intent on using his military might to terrorize civilian populations — exactly what those leaders have themselves been doing in Iraq for the last ten years. Who can be silent in the face of such blatant hypocrisy?

A = Nuclear program
B = Bioweapons program
C = Chemical weapons program
R = Rocket program
K = Conventional weapons, military logistics,
supplies at the Iraqi Defense Ministry and the building of military plants

United States of America

  1. Honeywell (R, K)
  2. Spectra Physics (K)
  3. Semetex (R)
  4. TI Coating (A, K)
  5. Unisys (A, K)
  6. Sperry Corp. (R, K)
  7. Tektronix (R, A)
  8. Rockwell (K)
  9. Leybold Vacuum Systems (A)
  10. Finnigan-MAT-US (A)
  11. Hewlett-Packard (A, R, K)
  12. Dupont (A)
  1. Eastman Kodak (R)
  2. American Type Culture Collection (B)
  3. Alcolac International (C)
  4. Consarc (A)
  5. Carl Zeiss - U.S (K)
  6. Cerberus (LTD) (A)
  7. Electronic Associates (R)
  8. International Computer Systems (A, R, K)
  9. Bechtel (K)
  10. EZ Logic Data Systems, Inc. (R)
  11. Canberra Industries Inc. (A)
  12. Axel Electronics Inc. (A)

In addition to these twenty four companies with their headquarters in the USA fifty foreign enterprises are mentioned which cooperated with Iraq through their subsiduaries in the US. Also named as suppliers for Iraq's arms programs (A, B, C & R) are the US Departments of Defense, Energy, Trade and Agriculture as well as Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia National atomic weapons laboratories.


  1. Euromac Ltd - UK (A)
  2. C. Plath - Nuclear (A)
  3. Endshire Export Marketing (A)
  4. International Computer Systems (A, R, K)
  5. MEED International (A, C)
  6. Walter Somers Ltd. (R)
  7. International Computer Limited (A, K)
  8. Matrix Churchill Corp. (A)
  9. Ali Ashour Daghir (A)
  1. International Military Services
    (controlled by the British Ministry of Defence) (R)
  2. Sheffield Forgemasters (R)
  3. Technology Development Group (R)
  4. International Signal and Control (R)
  5. Terex Corporation (R)
  6. Inwako (A)
  7. TMG Engineering (K)
  8. XYY Options, Inc (A)


  1. Commissariat a lEnergie Atomique (A)
  2. Sciaky (A)
  3. Thomson CSF (A, K)
  4. Aerospatiale and Matra Espace (R)
  5. Cerbag (A)
  6. Protec SA (C)
  7. Thales Group (A)
  8. Societé Général pour les Techniques Nouvelles (A)

USSR / Russia

  1. Soviet State Missile Co. (R)
  2. Niikhism (R)
  3. Mars Rotor (R)
  4. Livinvest (R)
  5. Russia Aviatin Trading House (K)
  6. Amsar Trading (K)


  1. China Wanbao Engineering Company (A, C, K)
  2. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd (K)
  3. China State Missile Company (R)

Other Countries

  • Japan:  Fanuc (A), Hammamatsu Photonics KK (A), NEC (A), Osaka (A), Waida (A)
  • Netherlands:  Melchemie B.V. (C), KBS Holland B.V. (C), Delft Instruments N.V. (K)
  • Belgium:  Boehler Edelstahl (A), NU Kraft Mercantile Corporation (C), OIP Instrubel (K), Phillips Petroleum (C), Poudries Réunies Belge SA (R), Sebatra (A), Space Research Corp. (R)
  • Spain:  Donabat (R), Treblam (C), Zayer (A)
  • Sweden:  ABB (A), Saab-Scania (R)

Source: taz Nr. 6934, 2002-12-19, Page 3, 36 TAZ-Bericht

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