AAI flies high, with or without pilots. AAI makes aerospace and defense systems, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems for the US military and other customers. Products include automatic test equipment for avionics, electronic warfare test and training systems, and training simulators for combat systems and aircraft maintenance. It also provides engineering, logistics, and maintenance services related to its products. The US military accounts for most of AAI's sales; other customers include foreign militaries and commercial aviation companies. AAI is part of Textron Systems, a subsidiary of transportation equipment, machinery, and parts maker Textron Inc.
AAI operates facilities in Alabama, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
AAI is part of its parent company's Textron Systems segment. In 2011 this segment was split into three main operations: AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, and AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Other AAI businesses include Australia-based Aerosonde, which makes small, lightweight UAVs for civil, military, and scientific applications. Its ESL Defence business, located in the UK, provides electronic warfare test and simulation products.
AAI partners with other aircraft component makers in order to launch new models of aircraft and stay on top of the technological trends. In 2012 AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems and ViaSat entered into a strategic alliance to align AAI's advanced unmanned aircraft and command and control technologies with ViaSat's integrated airborne and terrestrial satellite communications. Under the agreement, the companies will develop beyond-line-of-sight satellite communications capabilities for current and next-generation AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems aircraft.
AAI, founded in 1950 as an aerospace and defense technology company, has been part of Textron since 2007.