The U.S. Navy has ordered the first V-22s for Japan, finalizing the first international sale of the Osprey. Bell Boeing
, the strategic alliance of Bell Helicopter
that builds the tiltrotor, said the Navy awarded it a $332.5-million modification to its current multi-year contract to cover the first five Block C V-22s for Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force under the U.S. foreign military sales program. Japan plans to buy 17 V-22s.