AAR Mobility Systems awarded $173.5 million firm-fixed-price contract from U.S. Air Force to produce Next Generation All Aluminum Cargo Pallets

August 3, 2022

Wood Dale, Illinois — AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR), a leading provider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs, and OEMs, has been awarded a firm-fixed-price (FFP) requirements contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to produce Next Generation All Aluminum Cargo Pallets.

The basic contract period of performance is for 18 months with eight 12 month options and one 6 month option. The total contract value including option periods is $173.5 million.

“AAR currently produces and repairs the existing generation 463L cargo pallets for the USAF to support its worldwide operational requirements,” said Lee Krantz, AAR Senior Vice President, Mobility Systems. “AAR is proud to continue the program with the next generation pallet for many years to come.”

AAR also proudly provides legacy 463L systems cargo pallets to other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and continues to be a leader in design and production. The next generation USAF all-aluminum pallet design will use corrosion resistant aluminum extrusions that are friction stir welded together, which is a form, fit, and function replacement for the legacy 463L pallet. The next generation pallet will continue to provide unparalleled strength-to-weight performance and reliability compared to alternative commercial pallet designs. The pallets are designed to be loaded and off-loaded on a variety of military and commercial aircraft. AAR will continue to supply legacy 463L pallets over the next several years during the transition to the next generation pallet.

The Next Generation All Aluminum Cargo Pallets will be manufactured in Cadillac, Michigan, by AAR Mobility Systems, which specializes in the design and manufacture of mission-tailored configurations, integration / modification, re-fit of mobile shelter systems, internal slingable unit (ISU®) containers, specialty pallets, and life-cycle support for governments, militaries, and nonprofit organizations worldwide. For more information about AAR Mobility Systems, visit aarcorp.com/mobility-systems/.




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AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company with operations in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include Parts Supply; OEM Solutions; Integrated Solutions; and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Services. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include Mobility Systems operations. Additional information can be found at aarcorp.com.


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