U.S. Air Force Selects BAE Systems’ Award Winning Tool to Manage Obsolete Parts

  U.S. Air Force Selects BAE Systems’ Award Winning Tool to Manage Obsolete

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- January 16, 2013

The U.S. Air Force has awarded BAE Systems a $25 million contract to help
manage obsolete parts for aircraft, weapon systems, and a range of electronics
and equipment. The contract builds on the company’s expertise and leadership
in the field of obsolescence management, a prevalent need amid shrinking
defense budgets.

BAE Systems' AVCOM helps the Air Force track and plan for obsolete parts in
F-16s and other aircraft ...

BAE Systems' AVCOM helps the Air Force track and plan for obsolete parts in
F-16s and other aircraft, as well as a range of equipment, electronics and
systems. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“The Air Force and other customers are looking now more than ever to maintain
and extend the life of aircraft and systems,” said Gordon Eldridge, vice
president and general manager of Aerospace Solutions at BAE Systems. “They can
never assume that the parts that were used years ago are still available, or
will be available in the future. We offer an accurate, reliable and affordable
solution to track and plan for obsolete parts.”

To perform this work, BAE Systems will utilize its award-winning suite of
tools and services called AVCOM (Advanced Component Obsolescence Management).
At its core, AVCOM is a web-enabled tool that allows government and commercial
customers to forecast when a part will become obsolete or too expensive, and
then finds suitable replacements for that part from across the marketplace.
With a database accessing more than 100 million parts, the tool can deliver
significant savings for the total cost of a system or platform, by efficiently
resolving difficult obsolescence issues.

With four tiers of service, AVCOM is specially designed for a variety of needs
and budgets — from inexpensive, small-scale projects to large-scale, complex
requirements. The BAE Systems team also offers the experience and expertise
necessary to establish a complete obsolescence management program. Customers
are supported by an array of uniquely skilled U.S. technicians, logisticians
and component engineers, backed by a talented staff of database managers,
application developers and software engineers.

AVCOM has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for its quality,
service and performance. The tool is frequently distinguished for its delivery
of extensive obsolescence management functionality, and it has been recognized
for supporting the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command and other defense

This new contract includes a one-year base plus a one-year option. The work
will be managed at the BAE Systems facility in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Additional work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Tinker Air
Force Base, Okla.; and Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

The Aerospace Solutions business of BAE Systems, based in Fort Walton Beach,
provides a full spectrum of services to extend the life and readiness of
aviation, aerospace and avionics platforms. These services include depot-level
support; facility operations and maintenance; obsolescence management; and
aircraft maintenance, upgrade and modification programs. With more than 1,600
employees positioned around the world, Aerospace Solutions delivers
world-class products and services that enable every customer to achieve
ultimate mission success, every time.

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