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December 06, 2007

U.S. Army Selects AAR for 75 Additional CH-47 Cargo Systems

WOOD DALE, Ill., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) announced today that it has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide 75 cargo handling systems for CH-47 (Chinook) helicopters. The systems will be manufactured by AAR's Cargo Systems division in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Delivery is scheduled to begin in October 2008 and be completed by April 2010. The contract includes two option years, during which the Army can order 75 additional cargo handling systems each year.

This is the second order AAR has received for CH-47 cargo systems from the U.S. Army. In August 2007, the Army selected AAR to provide 25 cargo systems for the CH-47, which are scheduled to be completed by October 2008.

"AAR is very proud to support the Chinook program, which is so critical to the operations of our defense forces," commented Terry Stinson, vice president of AAR's Structures and Systems group. "We understand the urgent need the Army has for these systems. I believe the skill of our workforce and the efficiency of our facility in Goldsboro can produce a quality product in a timely fashion that will help the Army achieve its goals."

The CH-47 Chinook is a twin engine, tandem rotor helicopter used to transport ground forces, supplies, ammunition and other battle-critical cargo in support of worldwide combat, contingency and humanitarian relief operations. AAR is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the current CH-47 cargo system which has been in service since 1982.

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 http://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, 2007 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 publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to 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.

CONTACT:
Chris Mason, Director of Corporate Communications of AAR CORP. +1-630-227-2062 chris.mason@aarcorp.com 

 

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