Bell Boe­ing gets con­tract for 99 V-22 Osprey air­craft

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The Bell Boe­ing V-22 pro­gramme, a strate­gic al­liance be­tween Bell He­li­copter Tex­tron Inc. and Boe­ing, has been awarded a five-year US Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand (NAVAIR) con­tract for the pro­duc­tion and de­liv­ery of 99 V-22 Osprey til­tro­tor air­craft, in­clud­ing 92 MV-22 mod­els for the US Marine Corps and seven CV-22 mod­els for the US Air Force Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand.

Val­ued at ap­prox­i­mately $6.5 bil­lion, the con­tract is struc­tured to pro­vide nearly $1 bil­lion in sav­ings to the US Govern­ment com­pared with pro­cure­ments through sin­gle-year con­tracts. The con­tract also in­cludes a pro­vi­sion per­mit­ting NAVAIR to or­der up to 23 ad­di­tional air­craft.

“Sign­ing this con­tract speaks vol­umes to­wards the con­fi­dence our ser­vices have in the V-22 Osprey,” said Marine Corps Colonel Greg Masiello, V-22 Joint Pro­gram Of­fice Pro­gram Man­ager. “Since 2007, the V-22 has been con­tin­u­ously for­ward-de­ployed in a range of com­bat, hu­man­i­tar­ian and spe­cial op­er­a­tions roles. Ospreys con­tinue to trans­form our Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force and Air Force Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions by en­abling mis­sions not pos­si­ble with con­ven­tional air­craft, and helped save lives where oth­ers could not.”

The V-22 Osprey is a joint ser­vice, multi-role com­bat air­craft that uses til­tro­tor tech­nol­ogy to com­bine the speed and range of a fixed-wing air­plane with the ver­ti­cal per­for­mance of a he­li­copter. With its na­celles and ro­tors in ver­ti­cal po­si­tion, it can take off, land and hover like a he­li­copter. Once air­borne, its na­celles can be ro­tated to trans­form the air­craft into a tur­bo­prop air­plane ca­pa­ble of high-speed, high-al­ti­tude flight.

“The ver­sa­tile V-22 Osprey is the ideal air­craft for an era when global mil­i­taries are be­ing asked to do more with less,” said Vince Tobin, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Bell Boe­ing V-22 pro­gramme. More than 200 V-22 Ospreys are cur­rently in op­er­a­tion and the world­wide fleet has amassed more than 1,85,000 flight hours, with half of those hours logged in the past three years.

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