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Navy orders four more CMV-22B variant aircraft in $309.5M deal

A CMV-22B Osprey helicopter -- four more of which have been ordered by the U.S. military -- takes off from the USS Carl Vinson in November during the aircraft's first operations aboard an aircraft carrier. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy
A CMV-22B Osprey helicopter -- four more of which have been ordered by the U.S. military -- takes off from the USS Carl Vinson in November during the aircraft's first operations aboard an aircraft carrier. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

March 1 (UPI) -- The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office received a $309.5 million Navy contract to deliver four CMV-22B Osprey helicopters, the Defense Department said last week.

The multi-mission, tiltrotor helicopter features vertical takeoff and landing, and short takeoff and landing capabilities.

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A variant of the MV-22B, introduced in 2007, it is replacement for the C-2A Greyhound helicopter for deliveries to aircraft carriers, known as the Carrier Onboard Delivery, or COD, mission.

Regarded as the Navy's next long-range/medium-lift helicopter, it is designed to combine the tasks of a conventional helicopter with the high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.

The contract was announced on Feb. 26, the same day a CMV-22B made it's first delivery of an F-135 power module -- the engine for the F-35 Lightning II -- to the deck of an aircraft carrier.

A CMV-22B of the Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron of Carrier Air Wing 2 brought the module to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, at sea in the Pacific Ocean.

The ability to bring complete F-35 engines to ships will allow for the aircraft to under the replenishment, replacement and repair process while aboard aircraft carriers and at sea.

The USS Carl Vinson was also the site of the first landing of a CMV-22B aboard an aircraft carrier in November 2020.

The Navy purchased 39 CMV-22Bs in June 2018 in a $4.2 billion contract, which included helicopters assigned to the Air Force and Marine Corps.

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