The U.S. Department of Defense today announced a $25.5 million contract to Bell Boeing to support Japan’ V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
This modification adds scope for the production and delivery of nine right aft sponson fuel tank kits in support of V-22 Production Aircraft 9-17 for the government of Japan. Additionally, it provides development and updates to existing technical data as well as services in support of aircraft deliveries and aircrew pilot and crew chief training.
Tokyo accepted delivery of its first V-22 July last year, five years after the deal was inked. It plans to operate 17 of these aircraft. The Japanese V-22 variant has a unique configuration with a Japanese-specific communication system.