Boeing Company & Bell Helicopter Joint Venture.

Bell-Boeing have been awarded a $4.2 billion for manufacturing and delivery of a new V-22 Osprey medium-lift, multi mission tilt-rotor aircraft. The contract was announced by the US department of defense. Firstly the contract covers the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22Bs for the US Navy; 34 MV-22Bs for the US Marine Corps; one CV-22B for the US Air Force, and four MV-22Bs for the Government of Japan. Boeing except to have the order completed in November 2024.

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The Osprey takes of and lands like a traditional helicopter. Finally once airborne the nacelles rotate 90° forward essentially turning turning the aircraft into a turboprop aircraft.

Most noteworthy is its impressive lift capabilities. With a payload of 24 troops, or 6,000lb of cargo at 430nm combat range. Or VTOL with a payload of 8,300lb of cargo for a range of 220nm.

In addition the V-22 Osprey boasts a top speed of 275 knots (316 mph) at sea level or 305 kn (565 km/h; 351 mph) at 15,000 ft (4,600 m)

 

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