Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office V-22 team recently delivered the 400th V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, the companies announced in a statement.

The 400th V-22 is a CV-22 Osprey variant of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The aircraft was delivered to the AFSOC’s 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (SOAMXS) at Hurlburt Field, Florida on June 2.

AFSOC CV-22B Osprey
AFSOC 801st SOAMXS accept delivery of a new CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 2, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan LeVang)

“I want to thank everyone who has made the V-22 successful for their hard work and dedication to the women and men who operate the Osprey,” said Shane Openshaw, vice president of Tiltrotor Programs and deputy director of the Bell Boeing team. “We’re focused on building and supporting these incredible aircraft so our customers can complete their air, land and sea missions worldwide.”

The V-22 takes off, hovers, and lands like a helicopter yet flies long distances like a turboprop aircraft.

The first production V-22 was delivered on May 24, 1999, and today deliveries occur under the Multi-year Procurement (MYP) III contract valued at $5 billion. That agreement, which runs through 2024, includes variants for the the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy, as well as the first international V-22 customer, Japan.

AFSOC’s CV-22B aircraft performs special operations missions, including infiltration, extraction, and resupply. The Marine Corps variant, the MV-22B, provides the safe and reliable transportation of personnel, supplies, and equipment for combat assault, assault support, and fleet logistics. The Navy variant, the CMV-22B, is the replacement for the C-2A Greyhound for the carrier onboard delivery mission.

The first two V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft bound for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has recently arrived in Japan. The V-22 off-load at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on May 8 marked the first time JGSDF V-22s arrived on Japanese soil.

“It’s been over 20 years since the first production V-22 was delivered and we are proud to reach another milestone in our 400th delivery. V-22s continue to be in high demand, protecting our country and our allies around the world through combat operations, international training partnerships and humanitarian missions,” said Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275). “This platform’s impact can’t be overstated.”

The V-22 has been deployed in a variety of combat, special operations, and humanitarian roles since becoming operational in 2007. Having accumulated more than 500,000 flight hours, the V-22 is safe, survivable, and combat proven. Bell Boeing’s post-delivery support includes comprehensive maintenance, modifications and supply chain expertise, innovative data insights and more than 160 field operations employees embedded at customer locations.

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