United Industrial Subsidiary Receives Advanced Boresight Contract from U.S. Army for Apache Helicopters
(Source : United Industrial Corp.; issued Sept. 24, 2001)
NEW YORK---United Industrial Corporation announced today that its AAI Corporation subsidiary has received a contract from the U.S. Army for an Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABE) system for the Republic of Singapore. The contract, valued at $920,000, was developed through the U.S. Defense Department's Foreign Military Sales program.
The ABE system will be used by the Republic of Singapore Air Force for precision alignment of systems and components on its fleet of AH-64D Apache helicopters. The contract includes one ABE Model 300 common system, a unique set of ABE Apache adapters, support services, and operation and maintenance training.
"Selection by an important U.S. ally in Asia underscores the increasing global recognition that our ABE technology has received in bringing value to military aircraft readiness and operability,'' said Richard R. Erkeneff, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Industrial. "The Singapore program team became familiar with our work supporting all Apache AH-64D helicopters produced by Boeing, and we are delighted they have chosen our system to support their own needs.''
AAI's gyro-stabilized, electro-optical ABE system represents a major revolution in boresighting technology, resulting in significantly increased accuracy and repeatability, reduced maintenance time, and lower operating costs. AAI's ABE customers include the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, Textron, GKN Westland, BAE Systems, and the Eurofighter Consortium.
Work on the system will be performed at AAI's Hunt Valley, Maryland Defense Systems facility.
United Industrial Corporation is a company focused on the design and production of defense, training, transportation, and energy systems. Its products include unmanned aerial vehicles, training and simulation systems, automated aircraft test and maintenance equipment, and ground transportation components. The Company also offers logistical/engineering services for government-owned equipment and manufactures combustion equipment for biomass and refuse fuels.