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Monday, September 8, 2014

DoD Contracts for V-22 and Boeing’s COOLS System

By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief

The Cargo on/off Loading System (COOL) from Boeing CH-47 allows the rapid configuration of the helicopter floor between cargo and other missions. Photo courtesy Boeing
On July 22, Bell-Boeing was awarded a $69.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order in support of the V-22 for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. The order relates to the non-recurring engineering (Phase II) of the Improved Inlet Solution (IIS) for the V-22 aircraft, including completion of design reviews, installation and testing of the IIS retrofit and qualification.

The work is split between the USAF and USN 60/40 percent and will be performed at facilities in Amarillo, Texas (73 percent), and Philadelphia, Pa. (27 percent) and will run through to December 2018. The work is coordinated by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Md.

On the same day, Boeing was awarded a $65.3 million firm-fixed-price contract for 204 Cargo On/Off Loading System (COOLS) A-Kits; 204 COOLS B-Kits; and 22 COOLS Ballistic Protection System (BPS) Kits. COOLS is a system which allows Chinook crews to quickly reconfigure the floor of the helicopter to accommodate passengers or carry cargo.

Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa., with an estimated completion date of November 2019.

Related: Military News

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