|AAR TO PROVIDE KC-10 SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPORT AS MEMBER OF NORTHROP GRUMMAN TEAM
WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS (October 5, 2009) — AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that it has been selected to provide supply chain services and logistics support as a member of the Northrop Grumman team on the KC-10 Extender Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program. AAR’s portion of the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract is valued at approximately $600 million over nine years.
As a Northrop Grumman team member, AAR will provide an integrated supply chain program to support the ongoing maintenance and operations of the KC-10 program from facilities and air bases in the U.S. and overseas. The announcement was made following U.S. Air Force’s selection of Northrop Grumman as the prime contractor for comprehensive depot maintenance and logistics for the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of 59 KC-10 Extender refueling tanker aircraft.
“This award builds upon our experience and excellent performance as Northrop Grumman's supply chain partner on the USAF JSTARS and U.K. MoD E-3D Sentry programs,” said David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP. “As a member of the Northrop Grumman KC-10 team, we are confident in our ability to contribute to the operational readiness and sustainment of the fleet.”
AAR’s role on the Northrop Grumman team is to provide supply chain services that include strategic planning, parts procurement, distribution and repair to ensure aircraft availability and efficient operations while shortening maintenance lead times and minimizing downtime.
AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Aircraft Sales and Leasing. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors”, included in the Company’s May 31, 2009 Form 10-K. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company’s control. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.