The work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and various locations within the continental US, with an expected completion date of June 2026.
The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, a partnership between Bell Textron Inc. and The Boeing Company, has been awarded a $482.3m contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command to produce and deliver four CMV-22B (Lot 27) aircraft for the Navy.
According to GlobalData’s “US Defence Market 2022-2027“, the US Navy currently has 14 CMV-22B Osprey in their fleet from an acquisition in 2021. The US Navy received the first CMV-22B Osprey aircraft in 2020, with the first operational flight of the helicopter coming a year later.
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Bell Textron Inc. has broadened its international procurement horizons in 2023. In February, they delivered two Designer Series Bell 429 Helicopters to Advanced Flight in New Zealand.
The CMV-22B aircraft is an upgraded version of the V-22 Osprey, with features such as an extended-range fuel system, high-frequency radios, and an improved environmental control system.
This contract modification is part of the Navy’s ongoing efforts to modernize its fleet and enhance its operational capabilities. The CMV-22B is a critical component of the Navy’s logistics operations, providing a reliable and efficient means of transporting personnel and supplies to and from aircraft carriers at sea.
The Naval Air Systems Command, based in Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity for this project. The command provides full life-cycle support for naval aviation aircraft, weapons, and systems.
Its mission is to provide the US Navy and Marine Corps with the best possible aviation capabilities to effectively and efficiently accomplish their missions.
In 2021, the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey logged as many as 600,000 fleet flight hours providing continuous customer support to maintain mission readiness and transport critical cargo and personnel.