Bell-Boeing JPO Awarded Delivery Order for V-22 Tiltrotor Software Updates

Bell-Boeing JPO is being awarded for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement in support of the V-22 tiltrotor software updates.

The delivery order, worth around $12.7 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. Fiscal 2016 and 2017 budget program (Air Force); and fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount will be obligated at time of award.

This order procures mission management and flight control software updates to cockpit displays that will provide aircrews with more situational awareness and improved flight control during brown-out conditions.

This is one phase in a multi-phase effort to improve overall aircraft performance and crew situational awareness in a degraded visual environment.

The contract work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed in December 2019.

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.

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