Al Jazeera has learned that the French company Anstadt Communications, which has produced the Alstaden brand of communication equipment, is seeking a licence to manufacture equipment in the UK and the US.
The company, which was founded in 2003 by a German engineer, Anis Säbel, has also set up a manufacturing plant in England, and is considering opening a manufacturing operation in China.
In a letter obtained by Al Jazeera, Anstadt’s president, Markus Möhlenberg, said that the company is “in the process of considering a license to export to the UK, US, Canada and Australia”, but that he did not provide further details.
Anstadt is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of equipment for the military, the police and the intelligence community, with a turnover of more than $50 billion.
In August, Anstad was granted an EU permit to build and operate a new factory in the United Kingdom.
However, it is not yet clear whether the UK government will allow the company to manufacture military equipment in this country.
Möhlinberg did not respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment on the letter.
In September 2016, a group of academics and campaigners sued Anstadt, alleging it had been selling equipment to the military and had breached EU law by providing communications equipment to foreign governments.
In January 2017, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) rejected the case, ruling that Anstadt had not “properly registered with the relevant European Union agencies”, and had not fulfilled its obligations under EU law to comply with export controls.
In its reply, the MoD said that Anstad “has failed to adequately comply with EU law, the licensing and licensing procedure and the export control regime”, and that it “has a limited ability to comply” with the European export control legislation.
Ansstadt said that it would appeal the decision.
The group of scientists, activists and academics sued Anstad in 2015.
In a statement at the time, the company claimed that the EU law it had violated was the same law that governed sales of military equipment to third countries, and that the UK should have taken action to prevent the export of such equipment.
The court ruling, which is now in appeal, has been welcomed by some British MPs who have called for the government to review the export controls on military equipment, which they say should be scrapped.