AAR Mobility Systems Lightweight, Rapidly Deployable Shelters, Containers, Pallets and Sustainment Solutions


AAR Mobility Systems designs, manufactures, integrates and services a variety of mobility products to support military and humanitarian relief operations. We offer:

  • ISU® shipping and storage containers
  • Mobile tactical shelter systems
  • Air cargo pallets and palletized seating systems
  • A wide range of product kits and accessories
  • Sustainment and technical services

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Shipping and storage containers for the defense industry

AAR Mobility Systems is a world leader in manufacturing air transportable shipping and storage containers.

As the sole manufacturer of the ISU® (internal airlift/ helicopter slingable container unit) container, our design specifications meet or exceed Department of Defense standards for air transportation of equipment and supplies.

With more than 40 different configurations available, each container can be easily customized for any mission requirement such as armories, laundries, refrigerated containers, dog kennels, weapons rooms, maintenance, ATV storage, and more.

Our complete collection of containers offers a wide range of deployment capabilities, including land transport, sealift, or airlift by any configuration of cargo aircraft in the world.

ISU containers improve mobilization capability for expeditionary units by providing faster load and off-load times, immediate operational workspace, reduced deployment footprint, secure equipment in transit, instant access to parts, and the ability to lock in aircraft cargo restraint systems with no pallet or tie-down chains required.

Mobile tactical shelter systems

AAR Mobility Systems manufactures a wide range of mobile tactical shelter systems for military operations and humanitarian efforts, including air mobile shelters, 20ft ISO shelters and vehicle-mounted shelters.

Our complete line of intermodal shelter systems has been designed with maximum flexibility to comply with end-user requirements, provide ease of set-up, and meet long lifespan requirements with rugged construction.

Our shelter systems improve mobilization capabilities for expeditionary units by providing a patented integral loading base for rapid aircraft load and off load times, immediate operational workspace, reduced deployment footprint, and secure equipment in transit.

Numerous configurations are available to suit any mission, including tactical operations centers, briefing rooms, ablution units, laundry facilities, kitchens, supply and part storage, sleeping quarters, water treatment and storage, as well as tire maintenance facilities.

We continue to expand and improve our shelter product lines to meet the ever-changing deployment requirements of military, peacekeeping and disaster relief forces worldwide.

Air cargo pallets and palletized seating systems

AAR Mobility Systems has been providing 463L System Air Cargo Pallets to the United States Armed Forces since the early 1960s and continues to be the world leader in the design and production of 463L System Pallets.

Our venerable 6/E Air Cargo Pallet has been a mainstay for cargo movements in the Air Force since 1963. Further developments have led to the design and manufacture of enhanced palletized systems, such as navy undersea rescue platforms, and palletized seating systems for all military transport aircraft. AAR continues to lead the world in the development of cargo pallet systems.

Container and shelter product kits and accessories

We understand that an empty container or shelter may not be enough. AAR Mobility Systems has a comprehensive line of accessories available to enhance your ISU containers and mobile tactical shelters in order to meet mission requirements. We also have over 800 kits available to integrate into ISU containers.

Sustainment and technical services for mobility products

In addition to designing and manufacturing a wide range of shelters, containers and pallet systems, we also provide high-quality after-market support for our products, as well as the products of other manufacturers.

To support our mobility products as well as others, we offer many different types of services, including shelter system integration, maintenance and repair services, mobile field services, testing, engineering and design services, mobility deployment solutions and training services.

Supported by years of manufacturing excellence, AAR designs solutions, integrates custom configurations, extends the life of systems, and supports mission requirements from design through to completion.

SPACEMAX® mobility shelters for cost-effective deployable space

AAR Mobility Systems manufactures SPACEMAX® shelters that provide lightweight, durable solutions for rapidly deployable space at a lower cost. SPACEMAX® is more than a mobile shelter, it’s a total system.

SPACEMAX® products are customisable to your needs. The energy efficiency of SPACEMAX units reduces costs and risk, limiting the amount of energy resources needed for transportation.

About AAR Mobility Systems

AAR Mobility Systems is a division of AAR Corporation, a nearly $2.1bn global provider of aerospace, defense, and commercial aircraft after-market products and services. Our customers are supported by a worldwide network of representatives, distributors and agents.

AAR combines new technologies with practical, hands-on expertise to rapidly develop systems that allow our customers to operate faster and more efficiently, anywhere, anytime.

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Press Release

AAR Awarded Task Order by USAF for the Production of Cargo Pallets

AAR Mobility Systems has been awarded a $27.5m task order by the US Air Force to produce 463L cargo pallets. The cargo pallets will be manufactured in Cadillac, Michigan and are expected to be completed by December 30, 2020.

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AAR Mobility Systems

201 Haynes Street

Cadillac, Michigan 49601

United States of America

+1 800 355 2015 +1 231 779 4808 +1 231 779 4804 www.aarcorp.com

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Press Release

18 March 2019

AAR Mobility Systems has been awarded a $27.5m task order by the US Air Force to produce 463L cargo pallets. The cargo pallets will be manufactured in Cadillac, Michigan and are expected to be completed by December 30, 2020.

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12 March 2019

AAR Mobility Systems has been awarded a $2 million order to provide customised TFI shelters to support the US Air Force Security Forces’ Desert Defender program.

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26 July 2018

AAR Mobility Systems has been awarded task orders valued at $25.3m from the US Air Force for the production and repair of 463L cargo pallets. The cargo pallets will be manufactured and repaired in Cadillac, Michigan. The two task orders are expected to be completed by 30 June 2019, and are tied to a previously awarded contract, which brings the total value to $143m.

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22 May 2018

AAR Mobility Systems has been awarded a $1.2m contract to repair more than 500 ISU® containers for the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Command (1 SFC). This contract will provide support to units located at Ft Bragg, N.C.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Stuttgart, Germany; and Torii Station (Okinawa), Japan. 

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19 March 2018

AAR, a leading global supplier of rapid deployment equipment, including tactical shelters and expeditionary containers, has signed an agreement with AVITECH to provide container and shelter repair services in Europe.

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5 March 2018

AAR has been awarded a contract by the Army Contracting Command-Rock Island (ACC-RI) to provide the Petroleum Quality Analysis System-Enhanced (PQAS-E) Shelters. The five-year, firm fixed price (FFP) IDIQ contract is valued at more than $5m.

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19 February 2018

AAR Mobility Systems has been awarded a five-year IDIQ contract to repair and maintain the Naval Special Warfare Group 2's (NSWGTWO) ISU® container fleet. This contract will provide support for more than 300 ISU® containers for East Coast units based out of the US Navy's Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek located near Norfolk, Virginia.

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6 August 2017

AAR has been awarded a $255m Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support to provide the United States Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps with AM2 pallet and mat assemblies for expeditionary airfields.

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17 July 2017

AAR has been selected to provide the United States Air Force (USAF) with palletised seating systems to accommodate passenger carriage in KC-46 aircrafts in ten or 12 seat configurations. The contract with AAR's Mobility Systems is valued at just under $5m, with ordering periods through the end of DoD's FY19.

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26 January 2017

AAR has signed a contract to supply specialised storage / shipping containers, shelters, air cargo pallets, and accessories to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).

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17 January 2017

AAR will be sending two of its Mobility System's containerised kitchens to Washington, DC, for use by the National Guard to serve meals to the active and reserve soldiers who will be supporting the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

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6 December 2016

AAR announces the certification of the ISU® (Internal Airlift / Helicopter Slingable Container Units) 56000 series on commercial Boeing 747 aircraft. With the certification, these containers are now recognised as a size code B unit loading device and are no longer required to be netted.

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5 October 2016

Worldwide provider of aviation services to airlines, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and governments AAR has acquired the SPACEMAX product line of high-tech, hard-wall, rapid-deployment mobile shelters used in commercial, military and humanitarian operations.

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21 March 2016

AAR has been awarded a contract for United States Army Next Generation Automatic Test System (NGATS) Shelters, with a total contract ceiling valued at $49 million over five years.

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23 October 2015

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its integrated technologies C4 systems division (InTech) has been awarded a four-year prime contract to provide maintenance operations and personnel training services in support of the US Army Central (ARCENT) contingency command post.

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27 February 2014

AAR has signed a contract to supply 463L cargo pallets to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

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26 February 2014

Company signs five-year contract to manufacture and refurbish 463L cargo pallets.

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8 November 2013

AAR has been selected by DLA Troop Support to provide specialised shipping/storage containers, shelters and accessories to be used by the US Department of Defense and federal agencies.

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7 January 2013

AAR has announced it has signed a licensing agreement with Canadian-based Weatherhaven to produce a new 5-1 Hardwall Expandable Redeployable Container (HERCon) in the US.

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22 July 2012

AAR Mobility Systems has loaded up two 53ft road show trucks with a cross-section of their products that are traveling to military bases across the country to demonstrate AAR's broad range of mobility products and services.

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18 July 2012

AAR has announced today that the US Army has approved its Lightweight Multipurpose Shelter (LMS) manufactured by AAR's Mobility Systems division.

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29 February 2012

AAR has announced its ground-breaking application of advanced welding technology to produce light-weight multipurpose shelters (LMS) for military customers that are electromagnetic shielded to house sophisticated battlefield systems.

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AAR Mobility Systems

201 Haynes Street

Cadillac, Michigan 49601

United States of America

+1 800 355 2015 +1 231 779 4808 +1 231 779 4804 www.aarcorp.com

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