V-22 continues to transform with new contract, new variant

July 02, 2018 in Defense

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office has been awarded a contract to provide a total of 58 tiltrotors to the United States Navy, Marines, and Air Force, and the government of Japan.

“Bell Boeing is pleased to extend production of the V-22 Osprey, 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.

The contract calls for several V-22 variants, including the new CMV-22B. The U.S. Navy will use its new CMV-22B for transporting personnel and cargo from shore to aircraft carriers, eventually replacing the C-2 Greyhound, which has been in service since the mid-1960s.

“By combining aircraft for three services and a key U.S. Ally into one multiyear order, the U.S. Navy gets more capability for its procurement dollar,” said Kristin Houston, Vice President, Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and Director, Bell Boeing V-22 Program. “It also enables the U.S. Navy to begin advancing its carrier onboard delivery fleet with modern tiltrotor aircraft. It’s a true win-win.”