Aircraft Washing System (AWS)

Riveer's AWS is US Navy and US Army Approved for Fixed and Rotary Wing Aircraft

Trailered wash system for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.


  • 140°F Hot Water Wash and Rinse
  • Higher flow foam gun (optional)
  • US Navy and US Army approved for rising fixed and rotary wing aircraft
  • Safe-for-aircraft 175 PSI
  • Completely self-contained
  • Ideal for anti-corrosion PM of civil and military aircraft
  • Easily transported
  • Dual wands for faster washing

The Riveer AWS was designed in conjunction with the U.S. Army for aircraft cleaning in Kuwait. Particular attention was paid to the harsh desert environment and the need to build in reliability for remote operations. Our superior design, including a pressure washer rated to perform aircraft washes and meet the washing and pressure guidelines in TM 1-1500-344-23-2, has won us competitive contracts for AWS equipment from both the Army and Navy.

The AWS is simple to operate and maintain. The trailer-mounted unit is completely self-contained, and will operate in a broad range of environmental conditions from 34F to 140F. Little operator training is needed; our one-button GripStartTM system starts and stops the unit and all pumping and shutdown is automatic.

The system sprays 12 gallons per minute, applying 175 psi. The system meets the stringent TM requirements for aircraft wash, rinse and decontamination procedures by being low-pressure enough to not damage equipment while at the same time providing a substantial flow of water. This high flow cuts cleaning time dramatically by effectively and efficiently washing large areas. A built-in air powered high-pressure foamer will cover the side of an H-60 in less than a minute. This efficiency is further supplemented by the presence of dual guns for two users and the 200′ of total reach. In addition, the system can easily spray 30′ in order to clean large structures.

Grip Start logo ARC is simple to operate and maintain. The trailer-mounted unit is completely self-contained and stand-alone, and will operate in a broad range of environmental conditions (from 34F-140F). Little operator training is needed with our GripStartTM system; one button starts and stops the unit, and auto-start and shutdown technology automates the pumping cycle to ensure minimum pump wear and reduce generator demand. No calibration is needed for this technology.

ARC operates on JP-8, other common aircraft fuels or diesel. It can be supplied with on-board or external supplies of water for continuous use when a clean water supply is available. Water can be held in a 1000-gallon tank that allows for a lengthy run time when no water is nearby.

Another benefit of the system is its ability to be easily transported. It can be towed with HMMV, TUG, or other common AGE. It features a 6″ to 28″ tow bar height, surge brakes, stout and fully boxed trailer construction and a 7000# axle set rating. Baffles help to stabilize the tank by reducing the free-surface effect. ARC is transportable in accordance with MIL-STD-209, 1791, and 913.

Additional Features:

  • Water-cooled diesel engine
  • 20-gallon soap concentrate capacity
  • Adjustable water/soap mixture up to 25:1
  • 6″ to 28″ tow bar height
  • Tow with HMMV, TUG, or other common AGE
  • LED recessed light package
  • Hot water to 140F
  • Fully boxed custom frame
  • Surge brakes
  • Transportable in accordance with MIL-STD-209, 1791, and 913.
  • Unrestricted highway use
  • Turbine engine wash capability (TEWS)
  • Run dry protection
  • Auto fill for unattended fill-up
  • Low RPM CARB tier 3 generator
  • AGE retracting grounding cable
  • Self contained and stand-alone
  • AGSE parking brake and DOT trailer
  • Min. 12-hour operation with on-board fuel
  • Internal and externally air transportable
  • On-board storage for components, spares, support equipment
  • NEMA 4 electrical construction
  • The only AWS that fits in a standard 20′ ISO shipping container for OCONUS shipments


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Part Number:

Dry weight: 2500#
l/w/h: 196″ x 91.5″ x 83.5″ (fits inside standard shipping container)

Manufactured by:

Cage: 5X781

Built to Standards:

  • NEC 2005: National Electric Code as adopted for 2005.
  • MIL-STD-461: Requirements for the Control of Electromagnetic Interference Characteristics of Subsystems and Equipment
  • MIL-STD-209K: Interface Standard for Lifting and Tie Down Provisions
  • MIL-STD-810F: Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests