AAR and Textron Businesses Collaborate to Compete for the U.S. Air Force T-6 Support Contract

September 28, 2016

Industry leaders can provide total support for JPATS Beechcraft T-6 fleet

WOOD DALE, Illinois, September 28, 2016 – AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leader in aviation aftermarket services, has established an exclusive team with Beechcraft Defense Company and Textron Systems, businesses of Textron Inc.,to respond to the U.S. Air Force request for proposals to provide support for the Beechcraft T-6 military training aircraft in the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) fleet under a Contractor Operated and Maintained Base Supply (COMBS) contract.

AAR’s expertise in aircraft sustainment and supply chain management will provide unparalleled support when teamed with decades of experience and product knowledge from Textron Systems and Beechcraft Defense Company as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the T-6 aircraft. Beechcraft Defense Company and Textron Systems will work together with AAR to compete for this contract that will provide parts and warehouse support for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army JPATS. Beechcraft Defense Company will offer product expertise and factory-direct parts, while Textron Systems will provide warehouse labor at 10 sites throughout the U.S.

As a global aviation aftermarket leader, AAR helps the U.S. governmentand its allies increase efficiencies and decrease costs with its industry-leading integrated supply solutions including Contract Logistics Support (CLS), Government Performance-Based Logistics (PBL), Sustainment and ITAR support. AAR’s award-winning fleet support teams ramp up quickly, co-locate on customer sites as needed, and utilize AAR’s global network of warehouses and parts supply. AAR’s inventory control systems have easily integrated with numerous U.S.and foreign government procurement systems, maintaining the strictest data integrity standards. With more than 60 years of experience, AAR is a trusted partner for every branch of the U.S. military, UKMoD, Royal Saudi Air Force, Japan Ministry of Defense and many others.


About Beechcraft Defense Company

Beechcraft Defense Company offers the leading military flight trainer, the Beechcraft T-6. This platform delivers world-class training capability and is ideally suited for teaching the most basic introductory flight training tasks through the more challenging and complex advanced training missions with low operating costs. The T-6 is used to train pilots, navigators, and weapons systems operators from more than 20 countries around the world. To date, Beechcraft has delivered more than 900 T-6 trainers, which have amassed more than 2.9 million flight hours. For more information, visit: www.defense.txtav.com.


About Textron Systems

Textron Systems’ businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for aerospace and defense customers, as well as civil and commercial customers, including those in law enforcement, security, border patrol and critical infrastructure protection around the globe. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems and Weapon & Sensor Systems businesses. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.


About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. 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. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit www.textron.com.




About AAR

AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 4,500 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and component repair. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.


Kathleen Cantillon at Kathleen.Cantillon@aarcorp.com | 630-227-2081 or email: editor@aarcorp.com

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