AAR to design US Army's next-generation automatic test system


AAR Mobility Systems has secured a contract to support the US Army's next-generation automatic test system (NGATS) shelters.

Under the terms of the $49m contract, the company will design, test and produce two types of 20ft ISO shelters for the NGATS.

The company will provide an automatic test equipment (ATE) shelter, which will be used to house the actual test system, and the NGATS storage shelter, which will store hardware for testing system components.

AAR Mobility Systems senior vice-president Lee Krantz said: "Our innovative, rugged design offers similarities between the shelters, simplifying the integrated logistics support, and is significantly lighter than the threshold requirement.

"Our innovative, rugged design offers similarities between the shelters, simplifying the integrated logistics support."

"This weight saving translates to increased payload to accommodate more test equipment and supplies for longer missions, or allows the US Army to take advantage of reduced fuel consumption for transport."

The shelters will be designed by the company in Cadillac, Michigan; and produced at its facility in Goldsboro, North Carolina, US.

AAR CEO David P. Storch said: "We are very proud to expand the products we supply to the US Army and we appreciate their confidence in our products and services.

"This contract demonstrates Mobility's longstanding ability to design and engineer new and creative solutions to meet our customers evolving needs."

In 2012, the US Army received the first NGATS from Northrop Grumman in partnership with DRS Technologies.