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This article was Originally Published on Apr 19, 2006 in Volume: 5  Issue: 1

Navy awards Bell-Boeing $200 million Osprey contract

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The U.S. Navy has awarded Bell-Boeing a $200 million contract for three MV-22 Osprey aircraft. The V-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft being developed by a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Inc. and The Boeing Company. Designed to operate as a helicopter when taking off and landing vertically, the Osprey’s two engine propellers rotate 90 degrees forward once airborne, converting the Osprey into a turboprop aircraft. The Osprey has the capacity to transport twenty-four combat-equipped troops or other loads and is capable of all-weather, night, and low-level flight as well as inflight refueling. The first Osprey are expected to deploy for combat next year. Contract work is expected to be completed in December 2009.

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