U.S. company Alion received the contract from the Air Force in an initiative to improve the non-destructive inspection methods that authorities employ in the evaluation of aircraft airframe structures.
Under the $1.9 million deal, Alion will provide NDI inspections support and recommend improvements to the procedures among other requirements as part of an NDI Improvement Program Phase II task order.
"Alion's non-destructive inspection expertise, experience and procedure audits will help the Air Force enhance its inspectors' abilities to more reliably detect structural defects," Chris Amos, Alion senior vice president and manager of the Technology Solutions Group, said in a statement.
"This in-turn will improve safety fleet-wide. Alion's subject matter experts will support the development and validation of new NDI technology, such as probes and tool kits, which will lead to modernizing the Air Force's inspection procedures and tools."