Sunday, February 1, 2009
Rotorcraft Report: Bell, Boeing Win Osprey Contract
The $581-million contract was awarded to Bell Helicopter and Boeing to provide logistics support for the MV-22 and CV-22. The U.S. Marine Corps has used its MV-22 since October 2007. Official remarks claim that the aircraft performs well in Iraq. Boeing and Bell jointly developed and manufacture the V-22 tiltrotor Osprey, an aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like an airplane. The CV-22 is designed to fly nearly three times as fast and five times as far as the current CH-46 Sea Knight. The service is replacing all of its Sea Knights with Ospreys. The $581-million contract provides $84.7 million for the current fiscal year. Nearly 50 percent of the work will be performed by Bell in Fort Worth. Work is expected to be completed in November 2013.