AAI Wins Sub-contract From Lockheed For eCASS Components

Lockheed Martin (LMT) is the prime contractor for the next generation of test equipment for U.S. Navy aircraft. The electronic Consolidated Automated Support System (eCASS) program will develop this for use on aircraft carriers and at land bases to support maintenance of key electronic systems on the F/A-18 and other Navy aircraft.

As part of the development and production of eCASS Lockheed gave AAI, a part of Textron Inc. (TXT), a contract to build radio frequency components. These mission equipment kits production is worth about $43 million if all options are exercised. AAI will provide over fifty of the units including two for depot use. As military programs become more-and-more complicated sophisticated test equipment aids in rapid diagnoses and fixes which minimized repair time and maximizes systems availability.

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Textron unit wins contract for test equipment

AAI Corporation, an unit of Textron, won a contract form the USAF to build Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester (JSECST) systems. See an article here. These will be used to test the electronic warfare equipment and avionics on various US aircraft. Since they are joint they will be used by USAF, Navy, USMC and Army aircraft. Even helicopters are starting to carry more sophisticated electronic and infra-red countermeasures as the threat has got more complicated. The contract is worth up to $67 M if all options are exercised. Sophisticated electronic systems require expensive test equipment to support their operations. The JSECST has been in production for several years and is used by the US and some allies.

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