A Fife firm is at the centre of a row over Scottish Government funding for weapons companies.
The Scottish Greens have accused Holyrood of arming “brutally oppressive regimes” -including Saudi Arabia – after support was given to Raytheon, which operates in Glenrothes.
The Scottish Government has denied it is funding weapons development, arguing “support provided is focused on helping firms to diversify and develop non-military applications”.
Another firm Leonardo, which is based in Edinburgh, received almost £19 million in grants, while Chemring in North Ayrshire was awarded £196,355.
Raytheon was implicated in a bombing which killed 40 Yemeni children last year. The company provided guided missiles to the Saudi regime.
Leonardo has provided equipment for the Turkish armed forces and Chemring reportedly provided tear gas used to quell protests in Hong Kong and Egypt.
Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer said: “To see the world’s largest arms dealers receive this money whilst simultaneously arming brutally oppressive regimes is genuinely sickening.
“This has happened during every single year of the SNP’s time in office, leaving their claims to be a ‘rights-respecting government’ in tatters.
“Instead of using this public money on public services, or to support many of the thousands of small businesses who need help, they are handing it over to multi-billion dollar arms dealers who clearly do not need public subsidy.”
Mr Greer said the UK Department for Trade had also given direct support to the companies, to help them identify new markets and sell more weapons.
“The civil service and government agencies, both at a UK and Scotland level, have far too cosy a relationship with arms dealers, as do Scottish and UK ministers,” he said.
“If we want to stop being part of the problem we need to stop the direct support and subsidy to those who arm human rights abusing regimes across the world.”
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The export of arms is the responsibility of the UK Government, and we expect them to properly police such exports and to properly investigate any concerns raised.
“The Scottish Government does not provide funding for the manufacture of munitions – either directly or via Scottish Enterprise.
“The support provided is focused on helping firms to diversify and develop non-military applications for their technology and ensure Scotland continues to benefit from the thousands of jobs in the defence, aerospace and shipbuilding sectors.
“Human rights due diligence checks have now been fully rolled out and are a normal part of the Scottish Enterprise application process. This extends the due diligence checking on investment decisions that was already taking place in Scotland.”
A UK Government spokesperson said: “The Government takes its arms export responsibilities very seriously and issues export licences in accordance with strict licensing criteria.”