Two more CV-22Bs for AFSOC

The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of two additional CV-22B Ospreys to US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

The US$182.18m deal was awarded by US Naval Air Systems Command on March 18 and represents a modification to a previously awarded contract. The award also includes post-production repairs in support of the MV-22B Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization Program for the Navy.

CV-22B [USAF/Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers]
A CV-22B Osprey from the 58th Special Operations Wing’s 71st Special Operations Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, trains near Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 22, 2021. A further two CV-22Bs were ordered for the USAF on March 18. USAF/Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers

Contract completion is anticipated in March 2025, with work taking place at Bell and Boeing facilities in Fort Worth, Texas; Ridley Park, Pennsylvania; Amarillo, Texas; and various other locations inside and outside the continental US. Financing comes from fiscal year 2021 (FY21) aircraft procurement funding, split between US$168.68m for the CV-22Bs and US$13.5m for the MV-22B work.

AirForces Intelligence data states that, as of March 21, 2021, the US Air Force (USAF) operates a fleet of 51 CV-22Bs. The platform entered operational service with the USAF in March 2006, with 54 having been delivered to the air arm in total. From this total, two were lost to attrition in April 2010 and June 2012. A third example has also been withdrawn from service.