Bell Boeing is awarded $366.6 million modification contract for the production and delivery of three CMV-22B variations in aircraft for the Navy and two MV-22B variations in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.
Work is expected to be completed in October 2023, US department of defense said in a statement Thursday.
The CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft will feature a fixed-wing design with two main wings mounted on top of the fuselage. The tail configuration will comprise a pair of vertical fins connected by a horizontal tailplane.
The aircraft can perform take-off and landing operations onshore as well as on the aircraft carriers using tri-cycle landing gear, which includes a two-wheeled nose gear and a pair of two-wheeled main gears. It will feature both vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities.
The tiltrotor will have a length of 63ft, a wingspan of 84.6ft with rotors running, and a height of 22ft. The maximum gross weight of the aircraft in VTOL and STOL modes will be 23.4t (52,600lb) and 25.4t (57,000lb) respectively. The aircraft can carry up to 2,720kg (6,000lb) of cargo or personnel, including four crew and up to 23 passengers.
The aircraft will be provided with an improved lighting system for cargo loading operations and a public address system for on-board passengers.
It will also incorporate improved fuel dump capability to dump fuel in-flight in emergency situations and aerial refuelling capability to refuel other naval aircraft based on the aircraft carrier.
Bahrain has signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc to procure 12 Bell AH-1Z twin-engine attack helicopters after the United States senate voted down a draft resolution to block US Arms sales to Bahrain. It would cost an approximate $912 million for Bahrain to buy 12 helicopters
Bell Helicopter announced today a teaming agreement with Thales, for the development of flight control systems for Bells vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “We continue to expand our team and capabilities for our ODM aircraft to bring the most advanced technology available and new vertical lift solutions to the market,” said Bells Scott Drennan, Vice President of Innovation
The United States has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of five Armed Bell 407GX helicopters configured with rocket launchers, machine guns and countermeasures for an estimated cost of $82.5 million
Bell Helicopter Textron has won two contracts totalling $32 million in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. Both the contracts are for seven years with no option periods
Parts Life Inc has won a $13 million contract for 13 distinct types of peculiar support equipment (PSE) for V-22 aircraft; Combo V in support of the V-22 Osprey and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force MV-22B Block C tiltrotor aircraft program. PSE is in support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and the government of Japan
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. has won $439
Boeing has experienced a decline in deliveries of its defense products in 2018 compared to the previous two years. The company delivered 17 F/A-18 fighter jets in 2018 in comparison to 25 and 23 units in 2016 and 2017 respectively
Bell-Boeing has won a $23 million United States (US) Navy contract to support ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 Osprey test military aircraft. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent); and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2018
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