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Elbit Systems UK Opens New Advanced Manufacturing and Development Facility

18 July 2023

London, 18 July 2023 – Elbit Systems UK has today announced the formal opening of its new advanced manufacturing and development facility.

Located in Bristol, the Horizon facility will act as a research, development and manufacturing hub for the high technology solutions already being provided to the British Armed Forces and other NATO customers by Elbit Systems UK.

At an opening ceremony attended by employees, government and industry representatives including Jack Lopresti MP and Tzipi Hotovely, Israeli Ambassador to the UK, a number of capabilities of Elbit Systems UK were demonstrated including;

-       EW Solutions for multiple domains (Air, Land and Naval applications) including the MEWSIC1 Programme of the Royal Navy

-       Interim Combined Armed Virtual Simulator (Deployable)

-       Full Land Integrated Systems Demonstration

-       Ground Based Surveillance Radar

-       nv33 Night Vision Goggles

-       A range of uncrewed systems 

The opening of the Horizon facility is the culmination of over £35 million of investment in three years, developing and expanding Elbit Systems UK’s manufacturing and technical footprint across the country making it a hub for future R&D and deliveries to other NATO customers.

The Horizon facility will build on Elbit Systems UK’s existing capabilities and will eventually employ over 200 people on the site, adding to the existing over 680 staff working in ESUK and its subsidiaries across 16 sites throughout the UK.

The opening of this facility is a testament to the success of Elbit Systems UK over the last 3 years and demonstrates the successful implementation of our strategy set out 3 years ago. Our commitment to providing cutting-edge, sovereign capability to the UK Armed Forces has allowed us to grow our presence, investing in our people and our facilities to support our frontline customers.

Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK


Elbit Systems UK Ltd. holds three wholly owned subsidiaries as well as two joint ventures. In total, over 600 personnel are employed by the Elbit Systems UK companies in the UK, in high tech roles in the defence, aerospace and rail sectors. The two joint ventures were formed in order to deliver the Watchkeeper programme for the British Army and to supply and support three fleets of aircraft within the UK MOD Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. Elbit Systems UK is an established supplier to the UK Armed Forces, participating in several major Defence programmes such as MEWSIC Increment 1, and delivering the Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer.