The U.S. Air Force awarded a $12.7 million contract to AAI Test & Training to support its Advanced Radar/Electronic Warfare Test Station (ARTS) program for the B-1 Lancer strategic bomber.
The 30-month contract requires AAI to provide three B-1 ARTS automatic test equipment systems and station self-test and calibration equipment.
The B-1 Lancer is a long-range variable-sweep wing strategic bomber that has supported U.S. and NATO mission in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Our B1-ARTS system is compatible with the Air Force's Versatile Depot Automatic Test Station for seamless integrationinto existing test architectures," said Robert Peters, senior vice president and general manager of AAI Test & Training. "We also made use of available, off-the-shelf ATE design for affordability. Together, ourapproach was intended to offer precise, reliable testing and great value to meet our customer's requirements today and into the future."