Navy Awards Bell-Boeing $4.2 Billion Contract for V-22 Multiyear Procurement
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — Naval Air Systems Command has awarded the Bell-Boeing joint venture a third multiyear contract for V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The $4.2 billion fixed-price incentive-fee contract calls for the production of 78 Ospreys for fiscal years 2018 through 2022.
The June 29 Defense Department contract announcement said the contract calls for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy, 34 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps, one CV-22B for the Air Force and four MV-22B aircraft for the government of Japan.
The program of record is 479 Ospreys: 360 MV-22Bs for the Marine Corps, 54 CV-22Bs for the Air Force, 48 Ospreys for the Navy and 17 for Japan. So far, the Navy plans only 44 CMV-22B carrier-onboard-delivery (COD) versions.
The Marine Corps is executing a program, CC-RAM (Common Configuration–Readiness and Modernization), that will update the MV-22B fleet to the 2018 standard configuration, one that encompasses all of the Engineering Change Proposals over the last 15 years. Currently there are more than 70 different configurations of MV-22B in Marine Corps inventory. The CC-RAM will ease the burden on maintenance crews and air crews.
Deliveries of the Navy’s CMV-22B are planned to begin in 2020. Although they will be dedicated to the COD role, they also could be used for vertical replenishment, vertical onboard delivery, medevac, special operations support, search and rescue, and humanitarian disaster relief.