AAR Afghanistan Airlift Support Continues

by: Matthew Potter
November 6, 2012

Category: AAR Corporation, Business Line, Companies, Contract Additions, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, Events, logistics, Military Aviation, Services | RSS 2.0

Due to the terrain and nature of the threat in Afghanistan the American and Coalition Forces operating there rely heavily on rotary and fixed wing transport. Not all of this may be provided with their own military assets so as with many other types of support they contract it out. One of the companies that has been providing this service for several years is AAR.

Yesterday AAR received another option on their contract to continue to provide this support. The option on the initial 2010 contract is worth about $160 million and will utilize several commercial helicopters to fulfill. Normally this would be a five year contract so there are at least one more option to award.

While the U.S. Army and Marine Corps provide the majority of the rotary wing assets in Afghanistan this use of contractors to supplement military resources has grown more common over the last 3 decades. The U.S. military has focused on their combat units with a corresponding reduction in support elements. Most of the housekeeping services are now contractor provided.

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