Saturday, February 11, 2017

The US's entire high-tech armory runs on made-in-Woodstock bit parts

Here's a random sampling of some recent Pentagon contracts awarded to Woodstock's weapons contractor and largest employer, showing that made-in-Woodstock spare parts continue to flow into practically every weapons and communications system currently deployed by the US military.

USS Arleigh Burke, a guided missile destroyer

A January 11 contract for $32,100 is for 100 tubeaxial fans that are destined for a variety of ballistic missile systems, notably the Ticonderoga-class and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers which are part of the Navy's destabilizing Aegis Combat System. Another contract (dated January 31, for $4,936) is for 4 more fans that are also designed for these guided missile systems.

A January 17 contract worth $35,600 is for 8 circulating fans (that's $4,200 each) for the AN/TSC-154 SMART-T (Secure, Mobile, Anti-Jam, Reliable, Tactical-Terminal) satellite communications terminal widely used by the US military for "Command and Control".

F-18 refuels over Iraq
Three contracts dated February 8-10 provide spare parts for the Navy's F-18 E/F fighter aircraft: a $3,350 contract for 67 O-Rings (that's $50 each), a $2,268 contract for ball bearings (a "critical application item") and a $912 contract for a "Cone, Rear, Adapter Assembly".

A January 24 contract for $8,617 is for vaneaxial fans designed for a number of military aircraft including the F-4 Phantom, the F-14 Tomcat, and the Hercules C-130. This follows a $60,553 contract from December 23, 2016, for components of some of these same aircraft along with the AV-8B Harrier; and a December 1 contract ($15,114) for components used in an even wider variety of weapons systems including many of the above and also Forrestal- and Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, Tarawa-class amphibious assault ships, the Tartar Missile Fire Control System, the Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ships, the F-22 Raptor Air Dominance Fighter, and more.

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