Bell-Boeing JPO is being awarded a modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for the acquisition of additional long-lead material and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft for the U.S. Navy.
The contract modification, worth around $20 million, was awarded by U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located at Patuxent River, Maryland. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds for the amount are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
The contract work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (50 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (25 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018.
The aircraft will be designated CMV-22B once in the Navy service and will serve as the future carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft. The C stands for cargo, M stands for multi-mission and the V signifies a vertical-takeoff or short-takeoff fixed-wing plane.
The COD mission is currently carried out by the Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound turboprop plane, which carriers people, mail, supplies and more to the aircraft carrier from shore facilities.
The CMV-22B will be the same as the MV-22 operated by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), plus an extended-range fuel system, a high-frequency beyond line of sight radio and a public address system in the back of the aircraft.
The Navy’s program of record originally called for 48 planes total, but the Navy has since determined it only needs to buy 44. The NAVAIR statement says production on the CMV-22B will begin in Fiscal Year 2018, and aircraft deliveries will begin in 2020.
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.