Friday, September 25, 2015
V-22 Sales to Middle East Expected
Following its first international sale of V-22 Ospreys to Japan, the Bell-Boeing venture behind the U.S. military's tilt rotor aims to attract buyers in the Middle East. According to John McGraw, a Boeing executive via Gulf News, the company perceives "great interest in the region" and predicts that half of all V-22s it builds within the next four years could be sold in that region. Boeing reportedly has secured an order for 24 of its new AH-6is, which may go to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. The company will display a U.S. military-owned V-22 along with other airframes this November at the Dubai Airshow, where it also will market the AH-6i along with the CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache in the hopes of capitalizing on an increase in the Middle East's defense spending. In particular, the company sees the potential of sales to Egypt, which recently expanded its naval capability with the acquisition of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers.