Schleifring manufactures slip rings, a component for transmitting power and electrical signals, used in many military systems.
The company says its products are used in armoured vehicles, drones, electrical-optical systems, weapons stations, howitzers/missile launchers and naval equipment.
Among the systems for which it provides components it lists:
- the Hermes drone, used in Israel’s attacks on Gaza.
- Merkava IV, Israel’s main battle tank.
- Puma. Israel operates a ‘Puma’ armoured personnel carrier, modified from UK- exported Centurion tanks. These were used in the Occupied territories in 2001-2, despite Israeli assurances that UK supplied equipment and components would not be so deployed. South Africa, Germany and Italy also have armoured vehicles with this name.
- The Green Pine radar system.
Schleifring applied for UK military export licences to Israel in all three years for which CAAT has data (2010-12).
In 2010 it applied for 22 export licences. Six of these were for equipment rated ML10c (Unmanned aircraft and related equipment and specially designed components); 14 were for equipment rated ML5c (Counter measure equipment for weapon sights, bombing computers, gun laying equipment and weapon control systems; or for target acquisition, designation, range-finding, surveillance or tracking systems; detection,data fusion, recognition or identification equipment; and sensor integration equipment)