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Advanced Alignment Equipment for Pave Hawk and Osprey Aircraft


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AAI Corporation
: 25 February, 2010  (New Product)
Advanced Boresight Equipment test set from AAI Corporation extended for use in critical subsystem alignment tasks on the HH-60 Pave Hawk and CV-22 Osprey aircraft
AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems has announced that its Advanced Boresight Equipment, or ABE test set, has been selected to provide alignment support for two additional US Air Force platforms, the HH-60 Pave Hawk and the CV-22 Osprey. This brings the number of Air Force aircraft supported by AAI’s ABE system to 10. These awards are valued at more than $1.5 million.


ABE is a gyro-stabilized, electro-optical angular measurement system designed to align aircraft subsystems. AAI will design, develop and deliver adapters, platform-specific firmware called a Personality Module, training and manuals for the HH-60 Pave Hawk, as well as an ABE Model 310A core alignment system. These will be provided to the Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas.

In addition, AAI will deliver one common ABE Model 310A multiplatform Boresight test set for the CV-22 Osprey to Naval Air Systems Command at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, formerly Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, in New Jersey. Naval Air Systems Command at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst previously procured ABE for boresighting the AH-1W SuperCobra, MH-60R Seahawk, AV-8B Harrier II and the AH-1Z Viper platforms.

AAI’s common ABE multiplatform Boresight test set also is used with Air Force platforms including the C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules Avionics Modernization Program, AC-130H Spectre, AC-130U Spooky, MC-130H and MC-130E Combat Talons, MC-130W Combat Spear, MC-130P Combat Shadow and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Platform-specific adapters and Personality Modules allow the ABE core test set to be adapted for any land, sea or air platform.

“Our ABE system is a trusted boresighting solution, which is demonstrated by the great user acceptance we’ve seen on both US.and international platforms,” says Vice President of Test & Training Systems Robert Peters of AAI. “We designed the common ABE Model 310A multiplatform Boresight test set to be highly adaptive to accommodate unique customer requirements, as well to deliver the ease of use, precision, reliability and repeatability our service personnel require. With these benefits, we believe that our ABE system is the ideal boresighting solution for both legacy and modern aircraft platforms.”
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