Richard Applegate

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Lieutenant General Richard Applegate CB, OBE, is a retired British Army officer.
Dick Applegate [1]

In his last military appointment, Applegate was the first Chief of Materiel (Land) in the Defence Equipment and Support organisation and a member of the leadership board of the British Army for three years, latterly as Quartermaster General.

Applegate left the UK armed forces in 2010.[2]In December 2010 he was appointed an associate member of Niteworks, a partnership between the UK Ministry of Defence, including the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and industry.[3]

Applegate was later appointed the chairman of Israeli arms firm Elbit Systems UK in May 2011.[4] He is also in charge of Business Development at Remitia since 2015. [5]

Sunday Times sting operation

In 2012, Applegate was one of a number of retired senior army officers targetted in a sting operation by Sunday Times journalists posing as representatives of a Korean drone manufacturer.[6]

Applegate was reportedly involved in a campaign to secure a £500 million contract for Israeli arms firm Elbit Systems.[7] The Sunday Times reported:

He confided that he used Westminster Connection, a discreet lobbying firm with Israeli links, as a "firebreak" to ensure "that my fingerprints weren't over any of it". It could gain access to anyone "from the Prime Minister down". He said the firm, based in Victoria and co-owned by Scott Hamilton, a former Conservative staffer, had used its links with Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) to persuade MPs in the Commons to assist him in his campaign.[7]

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Notes

  1. Image source: http://helihub.com/2011/05/13/lt-gen-ret-dick-applegate-appointed-chairman-of-elbit-systems-uk/
  2. Heropreneurs appoints distinguished soldier and businessman as patron, Heropreneurs, accessed 14 October 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 8 December 2014
  4. Lt.Gen (Ret.) Dick Applegate appointed Chairman of Elbit Systems UK, Helihub, 13 May 2011.
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  6. Galloping Greed of the old warhorses, Insight, Sunday Times, 14 October 2012, pp.13-15.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Secret campaign 'secured £500m', Insight, Sunday Times, 14 October 2012.
  8. Heropreneurs appoints distinguished soldier and businessman as patron, Heropreneurs, accessed 14 October 2012.
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