AAR has won a contract that expands its component repair support of Boeingís Helicopter Recapitalization Program for the U.S. Army. Under a five-year general terms agreement on Multi Year II, AAR will overhaul multiple components on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
This is a significant increase over AARís portion of Boeingís initial Multi Year I program.
The work is being performed at AAR Aircraft Component Services in Garden City, N.Y., which already has received more than 300 units from Boeingís facility in Ridley Park, Penn., near Philadelphia. The first repaired and overhauled units have already shipped back to Boeing.
Boeingís Recapitalization Program breathes new life into old U.S. Army CH-47 helicopters. As part of this program, the airframe is discarded and the components are harvested and sent out for repair and overhaul. The refurbished parts are put into a new airframe along with other modern upgrades.
ìBoeing tried AAR and appreciated our performance and the cost savings we provided, which led to this expansion,î said Glenn Meyers, vice president, Military Programs, for AAR. ìThe recapitalization program is important to our nationís security and our militaryís effectiveness, which AAR is always proud to support.î
The CH-47 helicopter is viewed as critical to supporting our troops, logistics and humanitarian relief efforts for military operations around the world. Recapitalization has saved the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars.