USAF awards $909m landing gear support contract to AAR


The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a $909m contract to AAR to support its Landing Gear Performance-Based Logistics One programme.

The contract requires AAR to provide a complete supply chain management including purchasing, remanufacturing, distribution and inventory control to support the USAF's C-130, KC-135 and E-3 landing gear parts for a period of 15 years.

AAR president and CEO David P. Storch said: “This contract is another great example of how AAR can apply commercial MRO and supply chain best practices to help the government increase efficiencies and decrease costs.

“In this time of reduced budgets, government can rely on a trusted partner like AAR that has been providing aviation aftermarket services for more than 60 years.”

The repair work under the contract will be carried out at the company's landing gear services facility in Miami, Florida, US.

Additionally, the inventory supply and management will be handled through AAR offices and warehouses in Wood Dale, Illinois, and Ogden, Utah, according to the company.

Work under the fixed-price contract is expected to be completed by 2032.

"The repair work under the contract will be carried out at the company's landing gear services facility in Miami, Florida, US."

AAR said that it has been managing the repair, maintenance and logistics of landing gear for more than 30 years.

The company serves its customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services.

AAR’s Aviation Services unit is involved in inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and component repair, while Expeditionary Services unit provides airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centres in support of military and humanitarian missions.


Image: AAR will support the USAF's KC-135 Stratotanker’s landing gear parts. Photo: courtesy of the US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John E. Lasky