Raytheon has received a $270m contract from the US Navy’s Air Systems Command to support V-22 Osprey systems, testing and software.
As part of the indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract, the company’s intelligence, information and services (Raytheon IIS) division will deliver V-22 software support activity systems and software engineering, as well as avionics integration, testing and acquisition support.
Work, which will be performed at its facility in Indianapolis, US, is expected to be completed in December 2019.
Raytheon Mission Support and Modernisation vice-president Todd Probert said: "We have been part of the V-22 programme since its start. Our expertise in modernising aircraft like V-22 will ensure its pilots have the best tools to be combat effective and return safely.
"We continue to focus on affordable solutions that help our customers sustain and modernise their existing fleets, instead of bearing the enormous cost of procuring new platforms."
According to Raytheon, the V-22 Osprey, a joint-service, multi-mission combat aircraft, combines the mobility of a helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
It was designed as the medium-lift replacement for the CH-46E Sea Knight assault support helicopter and offers twice the speed, six times the range and three times the payload.
The aircraft is capable of transporting 24 combat troops and 20,000lb of internal cargo or up to 15,000lb of external cargo via its medium-lift and vertical take-off and landing capabilities.
Image: An MV-22 Osprey makes a landing on a ship. Photo: courtesy of the US Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Michael Sheehan.