This contract provides a total of 58 tiltrotors to United States Navy, Marines, and Air Force, and the government of Japan.
The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office was awarded a $4.2bn contract for V-22 tiltrotor aircraft. This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the US Navy; 14 MV-22B aircraft for the US Marine Corps; one CV-22B for the US Air Force; 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.”
The US 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.”