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Bell Boeing delivers first modified Osprey

Posted on 18 Jan 2020 and read 832 times
Bell Boeing delivers first modified OspreyBoeing (www.boeing.com) and Bell Textron Inc (www.bellflight.com) have delivered the first modified MV-22 Osprey to the United States Marine Corps ‘for improved readiness and reliability of the tilt-rotor fleet’.

The Marines have multiple configurations of the MV-22 aircraft in service, but under the Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernisation (CC-RAM) programme, Bell Boeing is reducing the number of configurations by upgrading block ‘B’ aircraft to the current block ‘C’ configuration.

US Marine Corps Colonel Matthew Kelly said: “Our first CC-RAM aircraft returning to Marine Corps Air Station New River was a key programme benchmark.

"We are excited to see the capability, commonality and readiness improvements these CC-RAM aircraft bring to the fleet, as part of the Marine Corps’ V-22 readiness programme.”

As a block ‘B’ configuration, this MV-22 was originally delivered to the fleet in 2005.

In 2018, the aircraft flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to the Boeing Philadelphia facility for modernisation.

Kristin Houston, vice-president of Boeing tilt-rotor programmes and director of the Bell Boeing V-22 programme, said: “This milestone marks the beginning of an Osprey evolution.

"Through a shared focus on safety and quality, the Bell Boeing team is delivering modernised MV-22 aircraft that are ready to serve our servicemen and women who rely on this essential aviation resource.”

The next CC-RAM delivery is expected early this year.

In November 2019, the US Navy awarded Bell Boeing a contract worth $146 million to upgrade nine additional MV-22 aircraft under the CC-RAM programme, with the work expected to be completed in March 2022.