Bell-Boeing Receives Multi-Year Contract for 58 V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

Bell-Boeing has been awarded a multi-year contract for the delivery of 58 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to the U.S. Armed Forces and Japan.

The contract modification was awarded to the Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, located in Amarillo, Texas, to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multi-year contract.

The contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the U.S. Navy; 14 MV-22B aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC); one CV-22B aircraft for the U.S. Air Force (USAF); and four MV-22B aircraft for the government of Japan.

“Bell Boeing is pleased to extend production of the V-22, supporting our warfighters with one of the most versatile and in-demand platforms in the U.S. arsenal,” said Chris Gehler, Bell Vice President for the V-22 Program. “This multiyear production contract provides program production stability through at least 2024.”

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 (HADR), resupply, VIP transport, and theater security cooperation.

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