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US Navy Osprey Variant to Begin Production under $4B Contract

By Amy Kluber | July 2, 2018
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Bell Boeing MV-22

Bell Boeing MV-22. Photo courtesy of Bell

Bell Boeing will begin V-22 work for the U.S. Navy in a contract worth $4 billion. The new CMV-22B variant will serve as the Navy's future carrier onboard delivery aircraft.

The more than $4.1 billion contract is a modification to a prior acquisition contract. It provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy, 14 MV-22B aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps, one CV-22B for the U.S. Air Force and four MV-22B aircraft for Japan — a total of 58 tiltrotors. Delivery is expected to begin in 2020.

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The Navy will use the new aircraft for transporting personnel and cargo to aircraft carriers. The aircraft will replace the C-2 Greyhound. The entire transition is expected to last until 2026.

“By combining aircraft for three services and a key U.S. ally into one multi-year order, the U.S. Navy gets more capability for its procurement dollar,” said Kristin Houston, Boeing's VP of tiltrotor programs and director of Bell Boeing's V-22 program.

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