3 July 2018
FlightGlobal reports on the announcement that a Bell-Boeing joint venture has been awarded a $4.2 billion US Navy contract to produce 78 V-22 Osprey helicopters, the “third multiyear purchase of the VTOL aircraft.” The contract pays for 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy, “34 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; 1 CV-22B for the Air Force; and 4 MV-22B aircraft for the Japan Self-Defense Forces.” According to Bell V-22 Program Vice President Chris Gehler, the “multiyear production contract provides program production stability through at least 2024.” The Navy will use its CVM-22B aircraft to transport “personnel and cargo from shore to aircraft carriers, eventually replacing the Grumman C-2A Greyhound.” (Image Credit: FOX 52 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 | Wikipedia)
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