AAI ABE systems for the Australian MH-60R
AAI, November 04, 2013 - Hunt Valley, MD - AAI Test & Training, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced today a $1.6 million award from the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Lakehurst, N.J., to provide ABE systems for the Royal Australian Navy's MH-60R Seahawk helicopters.
Deliveries are expected to take place throughout 2014.
ABE is a gyro-stabilized, electro-optical angular measurement system designed to align systems on any land, sea or air vehicle prior to mission execution.
Platform-specific personality modules are utilized to address the requirements of each new application quickly and precisely. The ABE system is utilized by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, as well as allied military and aircraft manufacturers.
"Our ABE systems have been utilized for more than 20 aircraft platforms because of their precision measurement accuracy and repeatability," says AAI Test & Training Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Mensh. "In addition, we've made the system user friendly to minimize training requirements and greatly reduce boresight time. The ABE system will provide the Royal Australian Navy the same trusted boresight solution as currently used by the U.S. Navy."
About AAI Test & Training: AAI Test & Training has decades of experience designing and manufacturing innovative, high-technology test equipment for the lab, training range, depot, flight line, factory and more - delivering the most reliable, top-performing solutions with superb customer care. In addition, AAI provides high-fidelity training devices and solutions. Its U.K.-based strategic business, ESL Defence Limited, provides electronic warfare test and training solutions. AAI Test & Training is an operating unit of Textron Systems.
About Textron Systems: Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the company is known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems.
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