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AAR Awarded New Airlift Services Contract to Support NATO Allies — Press Release

AAR Airlift Group to Support NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan

WOOD DALE, Ill., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Joint Theatre Support Contracting Command has awarded its Airlift division a contract to provide fixed- and rotary-wing support for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) under the NATO Training Mission — Afghanistan (NTM-A) and Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A).

The contract is an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with a total ceiling value of approximately $134 million. AAR Airlift will support the NTM-A and CSTC-A with light fixed-wing, medium fixed-wing, and medium rotary-wing aircraft, personnel, and logistics support.

The NATO Training Mission — Afghanistan, in coordination with NATO nations and partners, supports the government of Afghanistan in generating and sustaining the ANSF to provide accountable, Afghan-led security. Under the agreement, AAR will perform passenger and cargo transport services from 21 locations in Afghanistan. The Company has been performing in-theatre support to the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan since 2004, and is the DOD’s largest commercial provider of lift services in-country.

“AAR is proud to continue supporting our national interests in Afghanistan under this new agreement,” said Randy J. Martinez, President and CEO, AAR Airlift Group. “The issuance of this contract to AAR reaffirms that we are the premier provider of airlift services in Afghanistan; no other carrier has more experience operating in this region than we do.”

AAR provides expeditionary airlift services in support of contingency operations worldwide. The Company currently operates a fleet of more than 40 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to transport personnel, supplies, and mail for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan and the Western Pacific.

About AAR
AAR is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. 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 Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2013. 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.

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AAR Afghanistan Airlift Support Continues

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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U.S. TRANSCOM Orders More Rotary Wing Support for Afghanistan from AAR

Due to the nature of the terrain and threat in Afghanistan the U.S. and its allies rely heavily on rotary wing aviation to move men and supplies. Because there is only so much military lift available the U.S. has contracted for a variety of support helicopters from different suppliers. These include not only American and European companies but also Russian ones who provide Mi-17 and Mi-26 transport helicopters.

Now the United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) has issued a series of further task orders to purchase this support. Once company that received an order was AAR (AIR). Their task order is worth about $450 million and will provide six helicopters for up to five years. AAR already provides several rotary and fixed wing aircraft to carry out this mission and they will use Sikorsky, a United Technologies (UTC) company, to provide these new ones.

AAR will use two S-92 and four S-61 aircraft to meet the requirements of the contract. They will be added to the AAR fleet of twenty-two other aircraft already in the country.

The contract requirements is also driven by the amount of non-military cargo and personnel that must be moved around the country. Significant numbers of personnel from the State Department, contractors and European allies provide support to the mission there and their needs cannot always be met with U.S. Army or Marine transport. The use of contract lift like this is one available solution. It also takes pressure off of the U.S. aircraft so that they may be prioritized for military missions.

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AAR to Provide More Airlift for U.S. in Afghanistan

The United States’ Transportation Command (TRANSCOMM) awarded AAR (AIR) a contract to provide airlift for U.S. troops and services in Afghanistan. The contract if all options are awarded is worth about $120 million. It consists of one year plus four option years.

Due to the terrain and threat in Afghanistan the U.S., its Allies and the Afghan forces are heavily dependent on airlift to move men, equipment and supplies. The U.S. uses a mix of its own Army, Marine and Air Force assets as well as contractors to do this. AAR will provide their services on this contract with DeHavilland Canada Dash 8 aircraft and rotary wing assets.

There is heavy use of Russian helicopters such as the Mi-8 and 17 to provide cheap, effective transport. The U.S. military also uses their UH-60 Black Hawks, CH-53 and CH-47 heavy lift helicopters and the V-22 Osprey. The demands of the fighting require more lift then the U.S. military can provide so the heavy use of contractors like AAR.

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AAR SELECTED AS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR ROBUSTA B.V. VEHICLE MOBILITY PRODUCTS — Press Release

AAR SELECTED AS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR ROBUSTA B.V. VEHICLE MOBILITY PRODUCTS

WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS (July 20, 2009) – AAR announced today that it has entered into an exclusive U.S. commercial and military aftermarket distribution agreement with Robusta B.V. to distribute Robusta’s vehicle mobility products, including Bogstrips. Bogstrips are reinforced mats designed to provide temporary traction to heavy duty vehicles and machinery. Robusta’s Bogstrips product line has been successfully used by the British and Australian Special Forces for almost two decades to recover trucks as large as 24 tons from bogged situations.

“AAR is very proud to represent Robusta B.V. and their high-performance, light-weight Bogstrips,” said David N. Perri, General Manager of AAR Defense Systems & Logistics. “Robusta’s products have an excellent reputation among defense customers and we believe that many more customer types could benefit from improved access to these convenient and functional products.”

“Robusta has specialized in heavy woven textile products for the last 40 years. The Robusta Vehicle Mobility products have proven to be very effective, not only in difficult military operations, but also in commercial recovery operations and terrain accessibility,” said Rob W. Verver, Managing Director of Robusta, B.V. “We are very enthusiastic about the fit we found with AAR and hope to leverage the solid reputation of their mobility products to broaden our distribution network to include new and different customer types.”

About Robusta

Robusta is a Netherlands based company that specializes in woven fabrics. Its Vehicle Mobility products enable drivers around the globe to keep their vehicles moving whenever transport roads are in poor condition or not available at all. They are successfully used by the military, mining companies, 4wd owners and emergency search and rescue services.

About AAR

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, government and defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul; Structures & Systems and Aircraft Sales & Leasing. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

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AAR ANNOUNCES AAR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, LLC JOINT VENTURE — Press Release

AAR ANNOUNCES AAR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, LLC JOINT VENTURE

WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS (June 15, 2009) — AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) today announced the formation of a joint venture to expand the Company’s participation in the government and defense services markets. The new business, AAR Global Solutions, LLC, combines the capabilities of AAR with the experience of a seasoned government contracting team, led by Steve Cannon, former Chief Executive Officer of DynCorp International, and other strategic partners including Johnson Global Services, LLC, an affiliate of Magic Johnson Enterprises, and Zaccanelli Investment Partners (ZIP).

“We set out, together with Zaccanelli Investment Partners, to create a unique enterprise dedicated to providing high-quality, value-added solutions in support of the U.S. and other governments’ defense/logistics and nation building initiatives,” said David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP. “We created an organization with an inclusive and diverse base of ownership, leadership and workforce that has a distinctive blend of skills and perspectives
that will enhance the new venture’s value proposition. I am very pleased to announce the successful launch of AAR Global Solutions and look forward to a bright future with tremendous growth.”

Storch continued, “The parties are committed to providing high-quality solutions to our U.S. Government and international customers by bringing discipline and solid business practices to meet the unique needs and stringent requirements of this customer base. Our partners contribute an international presence and reputation to our efforts as we build this new company.” “AAR Global Solutions will open new government and defense markets to AAR as well as strengthen our ability to compete for global government services programs as a prime contractor,” Storch concluded.

“Through this joint venture, we’re able to offer customers a solution that combines our team’s extensive experience winning and managing large-scale government programs with AAR’s diverse and field-proven capabilities,” said Steve Cannon, Chief Executive Officer, AAR Global Solutions, LLC. “The new AAR Global Solutions team is excited to work with AAR CORP. and our strategic partners to pursue new opportunities to provide world-class, quality services to the U.S. Government and foreign customers.”

“Our strategic investment in AAR Global Solutions reflects my confidence in AAR’s reputation as a highly regarded service provider and a dynamic, entrepreneurial company. I am also impressed with the experience of Steve Cannon and his team,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises. “One of our key strategies is identifying diverse business opportunities that strengthen our ability to address emerging markets and create community-based programs that we know will make a difference.” “The formation of AAR Global Solutions represents a unique opportunity to build a worldclass government and defense services organization,” said Frank Zaccanelli, Chairman of
Zaccanelli Investment Partners. “ZIP has a distinguished, successful track record with Steve Cannon and his team and is excited to combine its resources and capabilities with those of AAR and Johnson Global Services.”

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.

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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, 2008 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.

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AAR Corporation Announces that Donald Wetekam was Elected Company Officer – Press Release

DONALD J. WETEKAM ELECTED AAR CORPORATE OFFICER

WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS (November 6, 2008) — AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) announced today
that Donald J. Wetekam was elected an Officer of the Company. Wetekam serves as Group
Vice President of the Company’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) segment and is
responsible for overseeing AAR’s MRO activities, growing the Company’s domestic and
international MRO business and expanding the Company’s offerings for government and
defense customers.

“Don is a world-class leader with a wealth of experience successfully directing and transforming large-scale operations,” said David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP. “His leadership and sharp focus on operational excellence have contributed greatly to strengthening AAR’s position as a first-rate MRO provider.”

Prior to joining AAR, Wetekam served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Insatllations and Logistics in the US Air Force where he was a staunch advocate for the adoption of commercial process improvement techniques, such as Lean and Six Sigma.  He also directed oeprations at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center an dplayed key leadership roles at the Oklahmoa City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base.

AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry.  With facility and sales locations around the world, AAR usies its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and defense customers through four operating segments:  Aviation Supply Chain, Maintenance, Repari and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Aircraft Sales and Leasing.  More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

Contact: Chris Mason, Director, Corporate Communications
(630) 227-2062, [email protected]

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Press Release: AAR BROWN INTERNATIONAL PROVIDES COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR U.S. AIR FORCE

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WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS – October 8, 2008 – AAR Brown International today announced the successful testing of the Battlespace Command and Control Center (BC3) AFCENT and its subsequent delivery to the U.S. Air Force. The BC3 system was developed to support CENTAF’s Warfighter Urgent Capabilities Need (WUCN) request to replace a legacy air control capability. BC3 presents the Air Force with a robust Command and Control (C2) capability to conduct aircraft control and airspace management in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF). One of the important requirements for this system was to undergo ground-up rapid development, which included design, manufacture, test, and delivery in less than one year. AAR Brown International was able to achieve this goal as the BC3 is based on existing technology that the business is familiar with and has integrated on a smaller scale in U.S. Army and Air Force Tactical Operation Centers (TOC). The BC3 was assessed by the Air Force during developmental and operational testing and most recently completed a Joint Interoperability Test (JIT) and an Air Force System Interoperability Test (AFSIT). A vehicle-mounted BC3 Mobile Training System was delivered to Air Force Command and Control Units in late January 2008 to assist and support crew preparation for using the advanced BC3 systems in a wartime environment.

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AAR RECEIVES 10-YEAR CONTRACT TO SUPPORT HONEYWELL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INC. AT HILL AIR FORCE BASE – Press Release

AAR RECEIVES 10-YEAR CONTRACT TO SUPPORT
HONEYWELL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INC. AT HILL AIR FORCE BASE

WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS (July 31, 2008) – AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) announced today that it has
been awarded a 10-year contract to provide logistics support services to Honeywell Technology
Solutions, Inc. (HTSI). HTSI provides logistics services and depot maintenance support for the
B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and C-130 Hercules aircraft at Hill Air Force Base.
“AAR is very proud to support Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. and the U.S. Air Force,”
said Timothy J. Romenesko, AAR’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “This adds to the
growing list of strategic Air Force assets supported by AAR and is a testament to the flexibility
and scalability of AAR’s supply chain management capabilities.”
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-thecustomer
business model to serve aviation and defense customers through four operating
segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul; Structures & Systems and
Aircraft Sales & Leasing. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
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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, 2008 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.

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