Boeing CV-22 Osprey aircraft

The US Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a contract to AAI Test & Training, an operating unit of Textron Systems, to provide Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABE) for use on the US Air Force (USAF) and US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey aircraft fleets.

Under the contract, the company will supply 16 Model 310A ABE core test systems to support the CV-22 Osprey aircraft.

AAI Test & Training senior vice president and general manager, Robert Peters commented that the system’s reliability and performance made it a good choice for use on several of their aircraft platforms.

Mr Peters added: "More than 160 of our ABE systems have been fielded by the US Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps, as well as our allies around the world, in support of 24 different aircraft platforms."

ABE is a gyro-stabilised, electro-optical angular measurement system that has been designed to align aircraft subsystems and can be used by both depot and operational level users to maintain schedules as well as reduce maintenance costs.

The system’s concurrent maintenance feature does not require the aircraft to be jacked and levelled during testing, thereby supporting increased manufacturing throughput for original equipment manufacturers.

The CV-22 Osprey joint-service, medium-lift, multi-mission tilt-rotor aircraft is a USAF variant for SOCOM and is equipped with extra fuel tanks and terrain-following radar, along with other special operations equipment such as the AN/ALQ-211 to conduct long-range, special operations missions.

To date, over 40 ABE systems have been delivered by the company to air forces that are currently used on more than 10 different aircraft platforms.

Additionally, SOCOM has been using the system for more than five years to align its fixed-wing aircraft fleet.


Image: AAI to provide Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABE) for use on the USAF Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey aircraft.