Bell Boeing JPO awarded $18 million support contract for V-22 tiltrotor aircraft

Bell Boeing JPO is being awarded an indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services in support of the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft platform.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification, worth around $432 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. No funds will be obligated at time of award but on individual task orders as they are issued.

The work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50 percent); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2022.

About V-22 Osprey:

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities.

It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. 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 transition the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.

The MV-22 reached initial operational capability (IOC) with the U.S. Marine Corps on 13 June 2007. The Osprey has been replacing the CH-46 Sea Knight since 2007; the Sea Knight was retired in October 2014.

It entered in service with the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) in 2009.

Since entering service, the V-22 tiltrotor has been deployed in numerous missions around the world, including casualty evacuation, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, resupply, VIP transport, and theater security cooperation.

The aircraft has seen extensive action in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and as part of a U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) supporting a long-range rapid reaction/crisis response force.

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