Bell-Boeing JPO is being awarded a cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order, worth around $23 million, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement in support of the V-22 test aircraft.
This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds for the amount will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent); and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018.
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 (USMC) 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 (HADR), resupply, VIP transport, and theater security cooperation.