Bell Boeing to begin CMV-22B production
July 4, 2018 By Helicopters Staff
Bell Boeing Joint Program Office based in Amarillo, Texas, has been awarded a variant contract for US$4.2 billion in regard to a previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft acquisition. This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the U.S. Navy; 14 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; one CV-22B for the Air Force; and four MV-22B aircraft for the government of Japan.
“Bell Boeing is pleased to extend production of the V-22, supporting our warfighters with one of the most versatile and in-demand platforms in the U.S. arsenal,” said Chris Gehler, Bell VP for the V-22 program. “This multiyear production contract provides program production stability through at least 2024.”
The U.S. Navy will use its new CMV-22B for transporting personnel and cargo from shore to aircraft carriers, eventually replacing the C-2 Greyhound, which has been in service since the mid-1960s.
“By combining aircraft for three services and a key U.S. Ally into one multiyear order, the U.S. Navy gets more capability for its procurement dollar,” said Kristin Houston, VP, Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and Director, Bell Boeing V-22 program. “It also enables the U.S. Navy to begin advancing its carrier onboard delivery fleet with modern tiltrotor aircraft.”