Friday, September 30, 2016

Woodstock Continues To Supply Armaments To Israel's Armed Forces

Under a new contract, dated Sept. 27, Woodstock (NY)'s weapons contractor will send a "MOTOR, ALTERNATING CURRENT" (cost: $7,365) to Israel's Defense Ministry. The shipping address is given as
 ... "Latzad Chimush Avionica" means something like "Avionic Side Armaments" or more likely "Avionic Armaments Section" in Hebrew.

We've reported before on another Ametek Rotron sale to the Israeli Defense Ministry -- that time it was delivered to Israel's Air Force. And Rotron's own promotional materials boast of sales to Israeli weapons manufacturers Israeli Aircraft Industries and Merkava. Since many more weapons contracts don't reach the light of public scrutiny, we can be sure that Woodstock's largest employer is a regular weapons supplier to the Israeli armed forces -- as well as the armed forces of other notable human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ball Bearings for Super Hornets, still $102 each

F-18s refueling over Afghanistan, 2010
A recent contract of Woodstock (NY)'s weapons contractor is for 19 ball bearings specifically designed for the F-18 E/F Hornet, as you can see if you follow up the NSN code number mentioned in the contract. It's dated September 7: less than 4 months since a previous order for the same item (that time it was for 18 of them, as we reported then).

So it seems fair to say that Woodstock, NY is a regular supplier of this "CRITICAL APPLICATION ITEM" for the Super Hornet. That's not surprising since US forces have hundreds of these busy little planes which continue to deliver smart bombs upon northern Iraq and Syria, and they're shopping for more. Those ball bearings have been seeing a lot of wear.