MV-22 w. M777 howitzer

MV-22 & M777

October 6/20: Live-Replaceable Units EFW won a $35.8 million deal for repair of live-replaceable units in support of the V-22 aircraft. The V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multimission tilt-rotor aircraft developed by Boeing and Bell Helicopters. Boeing is responsible for the fuselage, landing gear, avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, performance and flying qualities. The aircraft operates as a helicopter when taking off and landing vertically. The nacelles rotate 90° forward once airborne, converting the aircraft into a turboprop aircraft. Work will take place in Texas and Alabama. Estimated completion date will be by October 2025.

V-22 Cutaway

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In March 2008, the Bell Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, TX received a $10.4 billion modification that converted the previous N00019-07-C-0001 advance acquisition contract to a fixed-price-incentive-fee, multi-year contract. The new contract rose to $10.92 billion, and was used to buy 143 MV-22 (for USMC) and 31 CV-22 (Air Force Special Operations) Osprey aircraft, plus associated manufacturing tooling to move the aircraft into full production. A follow-on MYP-II contract covered another 99 Ospreys (92 MV-22, 7 CV-22) for $6.524 billion. Totals: $17.444 billion for 235 MV-22s and 38 CV-22s, an average of $63.9 million each.

The V-22 tilt-rotor program has been beset by controversy throughout its 20-year development period. Despite these issues, and the emergence of competitive but more conventional compound helicopter technologies like Piasecki’s X-49 Speedhawk and Sikorsky’s X2, the V-22 program continues to move forward. This DID Spotlight article looks at the V-22’s multi-year purchase contract from 2008-12 and 2013-2017, plus associated contracts for key V-22 systems, program developments, and research sources.

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This DII Spotlight article gives quick access to news and updates on the V-22 and a comprehensive background on the hybrid aircraft, including:

  • Parts, procurement, and maintenance contracts
  • Related training
  • Supporting multimedia, including photos and diagrams, videos, slides and engine fact sheets
  • Modifications to US warships to accommodate the V-22
  • Links to news releases, supplemental research and corporate source materials, additional DII feature stories, including “V-22 Osprey: A Flying Shame?” and “Snakes and Rotors: The USMC’s H-1 Helicopter Program”

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