Systems Readiness Directorate

Responsive engineering expertise. The Army’s delegated airworthiness authority.


When it comes to Army aviation being “Above the Best,” a lot of that is thanks in part to our Systems Readiness Directorate.

From future vertical lift programs of record, efforts to adopt a modular open systems approach, to future tactical unmanned aircraft systems - just to name a few - our SRD workforce delivers the solutions and expertise our Soldiers need for aviation and missile systems throughout the life cycle, from cradle to grave.

Our aviation subject matter experts don’t just talk the talk - they walk it, for the Warfighter. Case in point? SRD deploys liaison engineers directly with units in the field to address repairs and maintenance engineering calls - on demand and in a moment’s notice - to keep aircraft and our aviators flying.

And we don’t just work in the here and now. Looking to the Army of 2030 and beyond, our SRD workforce is active in numerous priority research areas such as additive manufacturing, autonomy and artificial intelligence.

"The Systems Readiness Directorate provides critical life-cycle engineering support that helps assure airworthy, ready, and sustainable Army aircraft and missile systems.

Our greatest asset is definitely our people, who have amazing knowledge in areas such as manufacturing technologies, production engineering, quality, reliability, sustainment, data management, testing, airworthiness, and business specialties."

Mr. Keith Darrow, SRD Director

Image collage featuring two Black Hawk helicopters in flight and a closeup of a Black Hawk helicopter control panel


How AvMC Ensures Safe & Reliable Missiles for the U.S. Army

When every moment matters, every missile matters. Which is why Soldiers need missiles like this they can count on. The U.S. Army Stockpile Reliability Program (SRP) tests and inspects missiles to ensure the continued reliability, performance and safety of aging inventory.


Mr. Keith Darrow


Mr. Keith Darrow, SES



  • Delegated Airworthiness Authority
  • Airworthiness Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Aeromechanics
  • Propulsion
  • Structures & Materials
  • Mission Equipment
  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Foreign Military AW Authority Recognitions
  • Sustainment Engineering
  • Lifecycle Engineering Support for Product Performance
  • Test & Evaluation
  • Production Engineering
  • Configuration & Data Management
  • Logistics Engineering
  • Industrial Base Assurance
  • Manufacturing Science & Technology
  • Reliability & Maintainability Engineering
  • Quality Assurance
  • Software Airworthiness