Bell-Boeing JPO is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement in support of the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft fleet software sustainment.
The delivery order, worth around $20.5 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy); fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Air Force); and fiscal 2018 budget program (Air Force) funds for the amount will be obligated at time of award.
This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of changed avionics and flight control configuration; upgrade planning of avionics and flight controls, including performance of qualification testing and integration testing on software products.
Work will be performed at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (89 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (11 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2019.
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.