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BAE Systems / Alvis

CEO of BAE Charles Woodburn

BAE Systems is the UKs largest arms company, the worlds seventh largest based on 2021 figures, and is the only European company in the world’s top 10. In 2020 the company saw a 6.6% increase in sales to $24bn. BAE manufacturers a wide range of aircraft, war ships, UAVs, land vehicles such as tanks, APCs and artillery, submarines and assault rifles.

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In 2005, it was reported by The Observer/Guardian newspaper that a British-made Tactica water cannon was used against protesters in West Papua, despite promises by British ministers that weapons made in the UK were not being used against civilians for internal repression. The vehicles were manufactured by a company called Alvis (now BAE Systems Land Systems after being acquired by BAE Systems), and were sold to Indonesia in 1998. The Tactica is a 4x4 or 6x6 truck available in various configurations: ambulances, water cannons, or armoured personnel carriers.

A shipment of TACTICA vehicles is also listed on the UN’s Register of Conventional Arms in 1997.

Tactica vehicles have been used by Indonesia’s BRIMOB units, including the water cannon variant.

Scorpion 90

The Alvis Scorpion is often used as a reconnaissance vehicle or light tank. It is no longer  manufactured, but appears to still be in use by the Indonesian military. Information supplied by the UK government to the UNROCA database indicates that nine Scorpion’s were exported to Indonesia in 1996, and some media speculates that Indonesia has 90 Scorpions. The 1996 deal was highly politicised, with John Major - the British prime minister at the time - wading in, and a trade minister claiming he gave the deal his "blessing because the company claimed it would not survive otherwise", and the UK government wanted to maintain more than one British armoured vehicle manufacturer. The deal was considered a litmus test when the New Labour party took control of government, promising "an ethical foreign policy". The tanks were used to crush a rebellion in Aceh.

The Scorpion 90 is armed with a Cockerill MK3 M-A1 90mm cannon. Scorpion vehicles have been pictured as part of a parade in 2014.