Textron Systems Awarded $15 Million Contract for Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABE) Mid-life Upgrade
Textron Systems Awarded $15 Million Contract for Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABE) Mid-life Upgrade

Textron Systems Awarded $15 Million Contract for Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABE) Mid-life Upgrade

Textron Systems Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, is awarded a $15,788,876 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a one-time mid-life upgrade engineering change proposal for the advanced boresight equipment (ABE) system to modernize and bring 100 fielded domestic and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) units up to the current commercial off the shelf configuration. Additionally, this contract procures depot repair and upgrade support for the ABE currently installed on AH-1Z, AH-1W and MH-60R combat aircraft, ashore and afloat.

Depot repair and upgrade support includes tear down and evaluation of ABE, as well as restoration, modification, and procurement of spare parts in support of ABE component and assembly repairs and upgrades. Work will be performed in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in May 2026. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

Textron Systems Advanced Boresight Equipment (ABE) Model 310A

The Textron Systems’ABE® (Advanced Boresight Equipment) is a common boresight system used to align and harmonize various commercial and military aircraft platforms. The system works in all operating environments, including concurrent aircraft maintenance and assembly, high winds, cramped and cluttered workspaces, and in extreme temperatures. This commercial, state-of-the-art, gyro-stabilized, electro-optical, angular measurement system is designed to align systems on any land, sea or air vehicle.

The ABE Model 310A is a truly common, multi-platform boresight system and is in inventory throughout the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, allied military and aircraft manufacturers. The system works in all operating environments including concurrent aircraft
maintenance and assembly, high winds, cramped and cluttered workspaces, and in extreme temperatures.ABE is adapted to a specific aircraft by means of a set of compact, aircraft-specific mechanical adapters and Personality Module (PM) software. The PM provides an electronic job guide that assists the operator during boresight tasks by completely automating the measurement process.

The ABE is the boresight solution choice of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Royal Air Force (UK), German Air Force, Italian Air Force, Spanish Air Force, Japan Defense Agency, Hellenic Army, Boeing, EADS, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, Fuji Heavy Industries and other users and manufacturers around the world.