AAR has won an endorsement from Pratt & Whitney to enhance the U.S. Army contract to upgrade and overhaul Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The new certification augments work being performed at AAR’s Aircraft Component Services facility in Garden City on Long Island as part of a five-year contract, which began in 2014.
The original agreement, valued in excess of $23 million, covers work on 60 APUs from the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., with a maximum of 520 APUs over the life of the contract. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.
“AAR has been providing these services for APUs for our nation’s military and to now receive approval from the OEM, coupled with the U.S. Army’s approval of our test cell, is a tremendous vote of confidence,” said Robert Sopp, Executive Vice President, AAR Aircraft Component Services. “We look forward to continued expansion of these services for APUs on other military and commercial platforms.”
AAR also upgrades and overhauls the Jet Fuel Starter used on F-16 fighter aircraft. Similar to Jet Fuel Starters, APUs are used on commercial and military aircraft to power the aircraft on the ground and to start the main engines.