posted on Jul, 12 2004 @ 12:00 AM
Sorry I don't know how to link the pictures but the following is the pasted text from the ad:
Very interesting that you can't see it in the UK. Seller is asking ten grand for it as a start bid.
Ultra “High Tech” Military Surplus Equipment
The original total price tag for this equipment was reportedly over $3,000,000 !!! It was custom manufactured for the US Armed Forces. Contains ??%
precious metals and/or rare metals components. (Pt, Pd, Au, Ag, Etc ...?)
Precious Metals and Rare Metals Content ?
High Tech Military Computer Systems are generally known to contain various amounts of precious metals including gold, platinum, silver, palladium,
rhodium, etc. as well as a variety of rare metals components. I suspect this equipment contains a certain quantities of the same; however, I have
little experience with these matters, no smelting equipment, and I am not qualified to proceed with the recovery thereof. The initial price tag of
this equipment gives strong evidence to support the assumption that the best materials available were used at the time of its construction
irregardless of expense. The equipment is indeed quite heavy. I estimate that the seventeen pieces of equipment offered in this auction total more
than 1,400 lbs. in weight. Many of the cases have posted weights on them and I have based my estimates on these weights as well as comparative
estimates for those pieces, which do not have posted weights because I do not have a scale capable of measuring these weights. I set the minimum
starting price for this auction at less than half of the figure I derived from examining a study performed on high tech military electronics equipment
by Sandia National Laboratories and took their individual metal specific recovery ratios and multiplied them by the estimated weight of this equipment
lot. This is just a guess on my part. The successful bidder may find more or less value. I make no representation of the actual percentage of precious
metals and/or rare metals content value whatsoever. Further, I make no representation of the functionality of the equipment. It looks like it would
work, but that's just my opinion.
I may consider a trade, if you have something interesting. Email me and we'll see.
Much of this equipment is contained inside machined alloy cases. The workmanship is very impressive to say the least. It looks very expensive.
This auction is a little bit hard to describe since I can’t get a firm answer from anyone as to what this equipment actually is. I do know that the
basic setup is computer equipment for specialized military applications. I buy a substantial amount of military and government surplus materials and
have seen a lot of weird stuff come through Uncle Sam’s surplus system, but this gear is really unusual. I have researched it and have not come up
with a lot of leads. Some of manufacturers, who were identified from ID plates, claim to have no knowledge of this equipment and tell me to contact
the “proper authorities” for direction. The “proper authorities” were of no help either. I personally do not believe that this equipment represents a
classified security interest; otherwise, I would have been allowed to purchase the equipment intact. However, since no one admits to knowing anything
about this gear, I’m not sure exactly how to describe it.
I spoke with an FBI Agent and explained my situation of not being able to get any detailed information about this equipment and yet desiring to sell
it for component salvage. He checked with a few sources in the Bureau and drew a blank as well. He advised me that he really couldn’t get a firm
answer himself, so perhaps I should proceed to sell the equipment with discretion. That is what I am attempting to do.
Potential Utility/Uses for this Equipment
There are a variety of potential applications for this equipment. Such as:
A source of precious metals and/or rare metals feedstock for salvage recovery operations.
A source of salvageable components, spare parts, and other items of technological cannibalization interest to the electronics field.
A demanufacturing resource project for an electronics technology school.
A super rugged, all weather, field portable computer system for hostile climate conditions.
An assortment of excellent movie props for the Hollywood prop hunter to looking to get their hands on some major, heavy-duty, high tech looking
Defense Contractor/ Manufacturer Information
A large portion of the equipment in this auction bears identification tags identifying Martin Marietta as the manufacturer. I understand that the new
name for the military technology division location, which manufactured certain portions of this equipment, is Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LMA). I
suspect that LMA’s Waterton Facility located just outside of Denver, Colorado was the particular manufacturing facility which developed this
equipment, but have no way to positively confirm this. If you know what kinds of things LMA build’s in its Colorado facilities, then you know why it
was so expensive originally and that this equipment probably was made from the finest available materials on the planet.
Other components in this auction lot were manufactured by Miltope Corporation & CODAR Technology, which are known for their ruggedized military
computer systems. I do not know if all of these items were used together or if they served separate functions.
This equipment appears to have seen light usage and it seems to be in fine condition, perhaps even still functional. However, I have no way of
testing this unit, so the auction terms are “As Is, Where is.” If at all possible, I urge the potential bidder/buyer to come and inspect this unit
prior to bidding or to arrange for a subcontract specialty firm to do so. Please email me to work out a mutually convenient inspection time.
This Auction is subject to certain Prohibited Bidding /Due Diligence Restrictions
I feel it is diligent to abide by certain precautions in the sale of this property. Therefore, this equipment will not be sold to any governmental
entity, representative, citizen, or other such individual representing any foreign nationality. There may be an exception to this provision, but any
interested foreign party will need to contact me via email for preapproval prior to bidding on this auction.
It should also be noted that that final award of this property to the Successful Bidder may be subject to final approval by the U.S. authorities, so
if you either are a questionable entity or represent the same, please save us all the hassle and do not bid on this auction.
By bidding on and purchasing any item with listing linkage to this statement, the Bidder/Buyer agrees to comply with the following sale
All property is sold as a salvage item, as is, without warranty expressed or implied as to the use or safety of the product and the Buyer, for
himself, his heirs, executors, administrators and assignees agrees to indemnify and save harmless the Seller from any and all claims, demands,
liability, actions or causes of action arising out of or in anyway connected with the use or handling of all property by anyone whomsoever (even if
predicated upon the negligence of the above mentioned indemnities) and further agree to pay all attorney's fees, costs and expenses incurred in
payment amount claimed, defending against the amount claimed and satisfying any judgment that may be rendered in connection therewith.
This property was formerly purchased by the Seller from the U. S. Government may or may not be authorized for export from the United States. If
export is allowed, the purchaser is solely responsible for obtaining required clearances, approvals and/or licenses. The purchaser is also required
to pass on DOD's export control guidance if the property is resold or otherwise disposed. The required DOD export control guidance is as follows:
The use, disposition, export and re-export of this property are subject to all applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including the Atomic Energy Act
of 1954, as amended; the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.); the Export Administration Act of 1979 (560 U.S.C. Appended 2401 et seq.);
Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities (10 CFR part 110); International Traffic in Arms Regulations (22 CFR parts 120 et seq.); Export
Administration Regulations (15 CFR part 730 et seq.); Foreign Assets Control Regulations (31 CFR parts 500 et seq.); and the Espionage Act (37 U.S.C.
791 et seq.) which, among other things, prohibit:
(a) The making of false statement and concealment of any material information regarding the use or disposition, export or re-export of the property;
(b) any use or disposition, export or re-export of the property, which is not authorized in accordance with the provisions of this agreement.
NOTE: This statement must accompany the transfer or resale of this property.
Notice to Bidders
By placing a bid on this equipment you are entering into a legal and binding contract to purchase the above-described equipment. We reserve the right
to cancel all existing bids and end the auction early should the item no longer be available for sale. We shall not be held liable for any such
cancellation. The Seller further reserves the right to cancel the bid of any bidder, which has any negative feedback.
No bid retractions in the last 24 hours of auction please. If there are bid retractions in the last 24 hours, we may cancel all bids, end the auction
early and re-list this equipment to protect the integrity of the auction process.
Winning Bidder must confirm his winning bid with a $1,000 - Non-Refundable Deposit which will be due within 48 hours of Winning Bid (On or before
7/14/04). Balance of Purchase Price is due to Seller within 5 days of Winning Bid (On or before 5/17/04). If the deposit is not received within 48
hours of the close of auction or if the balance is not paid in full within 5 days following the close of auction, we reserve the right to re-list the
equipment or to sell it to the next highest bidder or another qualified buyer.
The provisions of this auction shall constitute a final contract between both Buyer and Seller and shall be binding hereto. The final contract and the
terms thereof shall govern the sale of this auction item. All disputes arising out of or relating to this auction, any negotiations, the Signed
agreement, or to the breach, enforcement or interpretation thereof, shall be resolved by binding arbitration in Commonwealth of Kentucky, in
accordance with the terms contained in the final sale agreement and under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Accordingly, the Commonwealth of
Kentucky shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes and the venue shall be exclusively in Hopkins County.
Terms & Conditions
This auction’s listing description is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of listing but we are subject to making human errors. The
Seller's liability, in the event of a listing error, is limited to the amount of the winning bid paid and does not include any responsibility for
lost time, opportunity, inconvenience, etc. on the part of the Buyer. We are human and do occasionally maker errors. If this is not acceptable to
you or you don't have the patience to work with us on resolving any issues that might arise, please don't bid.
By bidding on this item, the bidder/buyer agrees to assume all responsibility and risk with regard to the appropriateness and legal use of the item
and that the Seller is free of all liability regarding the use, disposition, condition, legality and appropriateness of this item.
PayPal (account must be verified and shipments will only be made to "confirmed" addresses). Please check first to assure that you have funds
available before bidding. We are not set up to accept credit card payments through PayPal at this time. We accept Certified & Cashier's Checks,
Postal Money Orders, and Bank transfers in US Dollars only. Personal checks are not approved for payment unless specific permission is granted from
the Seller prior to auction close. In any event, full payment must be received before the equipment is removed from Seller’s premises.
The Successful Bidder will arrange and pay for all shipping costs or come and get this equipment (Point of origin zip codes is 42431). It looks as
though it would easily fill up a standard cargo van. If the buyer chooses to have this equipment shipped, I can crate it up for an additional fee to
be negotiated. Again this is just an option to consider at the buyer’s discretion.
One doesn’t run into equipment like this everyday. Here is your chance to get very high quality used military computer equipment at a tiny fraction of
its initial cost.
Please email me with any questions that you may have at email@example.com. I will try to answer them if I can. Further, I will be glad to email
interested parties a stack of additional photos and an Excel spreadsheet containing various specification and identification numbers that I found on
Thanks for looking at this auction.
Good luck and successful bidding!
Sorry I think the pictures would help so if someone else is more computer savvy than me please post them.