AAR has entered into an agreement with Pratt & Whitney AeroPower to become the exclusive supplier of Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) parts and accessories for certain aircraft operated by the Japan Ministry of Defense (JMOD). The five-year contract will be managed by AAR’s Defense Systems and Logistics division and is expected to generate approximately $8m per year. Expansion into foreign military markets is a key part of the Company’s growth strategy for its inventory management and distribution businesses. AAR will sell directly to Sumitomo Corp., the parts trading company used by the JMOD to procure APU parts and accessories for its H-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, Japanese F-2 fighters and U-125 search and rescue aircraft. AAR has been a supplier for Hamilton Sundstrand since 1983 and began distributing its APU and JFS parts and accessories in the late 1990s. The new program expands AAR’s distributorship for Hamilton Sundstrand into the country of Japan.