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USN picks Bell-Boeing for Osprey logistics and repair support
The Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office has obtained a $143.2 million delivery order under an existing performance-based requirements contract for logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 and CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor components.
All work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas for completion by December 2025, the DoD announced on 13 April.
Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support issued the order.
The USN is procuring 48 CMV-22s for itself plus 360 MV-22 aircraft for the USMC, and 56 CV-22 aircraft for USSOCOM (funded by USSOCOM and the USAF) to meet amphibious/vertical assault requirements, Shephard Defence Insight notes.
However, the USMC Force Design 2030 plan would see the number of MV-22 squadrons cut from 17 to 14.
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