22-Jan-2010 Source: AAI
AAI Corporation, an operating unit ofÂ Textron Systems, aÂ Textron Inc.Â (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Royal Netherlands Air Force has selected its Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABEÃ‚Â®) for aircraft harmonization on the AH-64D Apache LongbowÃ‚Â® and CH-47F ChinookÃ‚Â®helicopters.
ABE is a gyro-stabilized, electro-optical angular measurement system designed to align aircraft subsystems. Under these new awards valued at more thanÂ $1.8 million, AAI will deliver an additionalÂ ABE AH-64D Apache Depot Boresight System to align various sensor, weapon and sighting systems, as well as an additionalÂ ABE AH-64D Apache Maintenance Aircraft Survivability Equipment (AMASE) Boresight Kit for AMASE alignment. AAIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ABE boresight solution has supported the AH-64D Apache for the Royal Netherlands Air Force since 2004.
In addition, AAIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ABE system has been selected as the harmonization solution for the Royal Netherlands Air ForceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s CH-47F Chinook aircraft survivability equipment. Under these awards, AAI will design, develop and deliver adapters, platform-specific firmware called a Personality Module, training and manuals.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“AAI is committed to creating reliable, cost-effective test solutions that provide confidence to warfighters. ABE is the boresighting solution of choice for dozens of platforms in several countries,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Vice President of Test & Training SystemsÂ Robert Peters. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not only is it a proven, accurate and repeatable resource, it minimizes harmonization time and required manpower. The Royal Netherlands Air Force will now use our common ABE Model 310A alignment system on both of these helicopter platforms.Ã¢â‚¬Â
AAI CorporationÂ and its indirect wholly owned subsidiaries Aerosonde Pty Ltd and ESL Defence Limited design, produce and support industry-leading aerospace and defense products and services, including unmanned aircraft and ground control technologies; high-fidelity training and simulation systems; automated aerospace test and maintenance equipment; armament systems; and logistical, engineering, supply chain and operational support services.Â AAI CorporationÂ is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available atÂ www.aaicorp.com.
AboutÂ Textron Systems
Textron Systems CorporationÂ has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment services,Â Textron SystemsÂ includesÂ AAI Corporation, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems.Â Textron Systems CorporationÂ is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available atÂ www.textronsystems.com.
AboutÂ Textron Inc.
Textron Inc.Â is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services.Â TextronÂ is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, andTextron Systems. More information is available atÂ www.textron.com.