AAR Selected by Northrop Grumman Corporation to Support Japan E-2C Hawkeye Platform
November 19, 2013
Company to sell parts directly to Sumitomo and stock inventory to increase aircraft readiness
WOOD DALE, Illinois — AAR (NYSE: AIR) has entered into an exclusive multimillion-dollar five-year agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) to supply specific airframe parts and accessories for the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft operated by the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF).
The contract will be managed by AAR’s Defense Systems and Logistics Distribution division, which will sell directly to Sumitomo Corporation, one of the parts trading companies used by the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD) to procure parts and accessories. AAR will stock inventory to increase JASDF’s E-2C Hawkeye readiness level.
“Providing in-stock inventory reduces lead times and helps increase the sustainability of the JASDF E-2C aircraft platform,” said John Holmes, Aviation Services Group Vice President – Aviation Supply Chain for AAR. “This is critically important as the Japanese Ministry of Defense increases the use of the E-2C to perform surveillance and reconnaissance over its waterways and in its skies.”
This agreement expands the relationship between AAR and Sumitomo, which began in 2012. At that time, AAR was awarded a five-year contract by Pratt & Whitney AeroPower to become the exclusive supplier of Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) parts and accessories to the JMOD.
“Building upon our role as a JMOD supplier reinforces our presence in Japan and our position as a global market leader in parts supply chain and distribution,” Holmes said.
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 www.aarcorp.com.
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