The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey needs some avionics support, and the U.S. Defense Department has tapped the manufacturer to provide it. Funds are coming from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, with the Naval Air Systems Command as the contractor.
For nearly $12.8 million, the Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office is to provide mission management and flight control software updates to cockpit displays. According to the department, this will provide “more situational awareness and improved flight control during brown-out conditions.” The work is part of a multi-phase effort, the department continued, to improve overall aircraft performance and crew situational awareness in a degraded visual environment.
The contracted work is to be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with completion expected in December 2019.