The US Navy has awarded the Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office a US$309.58m contract modification, exercising an option to procure four more CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotors for carrier onboard delivery (COD) operations.
The awarding of this fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on February 26. Under the terms of the deal, the Bell-Boeing team will manufacture and deliver four more CMV-22Bs to the US Navy, which will be used by Carrier Air Wings (CVW) to conduct COD duties aboard the nation’s aircraft carriers.
All four aircraft are expected to have been delivered to the US Navy by March 2025. Work under this contract will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; Ridley Park, Pennsylvania; and Amarillo, Texas; as well as in various other locations across the continental US and abroad.
The US Navy first ordered the CMV-22B in June 2018, as part of a multi-billion acquisition of multiple variants of the Osprey platform. The contract covered the production and delivery of the first 39 CMV-22Bs for the service, which plans to acquire 48 examples in total. In December 2018, the navy awarded the Bell-Boeing team a contract modification for the delivery of an additional three aircraft. With this latest deal, the US Navy has officially ordered 46 aircraft.
The first CMV-22B completed its maiden flight on December 19, 2019 and was delivered to the US Navy in February 2020. In naval service, the CMV-22B will replace the navy’s ageing fleet of Grumman C-2A Greyhound twin-engine, fixed-wing COD aircraft, which entered operational service in the mid-1960s. The platform is scheduled to achieve its initial operational capability (IOC) by the end of this year.