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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Jun 16, 2013

Bell Helicopter Bell Boeing Awarded Contract for 99 V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft. The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing, has been awarded a five-year U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) contract for the production and delivery of 99 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, including 92 MV-22 models for the U.S. Marine Corps and seven CV-22 models for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. Valued at approximately $6.5 billion, the contract is structured to provide nearly $1 billion in savings to the U.S. government compared with procurements through single-year contracts. The contract also includes a provision permitting NAVAIR to order up to 23 additional aircraft. "Signing this contract speaks volumes towards the confidence our services have in the V-22 Osprey," said Marine Corps Col. Greg Masiello, V-22 Joint Program Office program manager. "Since 2007, the V-22 has been continuously forward-deployed in a range of combat, humanitarian, and special operations roles. Ospreys continue to transform our Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force and Air Force Special Operations by enabling missions not possible with conventional aircraft, and helped save lives where others could not." The V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multirole combat aircraft that uses tiltrotor technology to combine the speed and range of a fixed-wing airplane with the vertical performance of a helicopter. With its nacelles and rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, its nacelles can be rotated to transform the aircraft into a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight. "The versatile V-22 Osprey is the ideal aircraft for an era when global militaries are being asked to do more with less," said Vince Tobin, executive director, Bell Boeing V-22 Program. "It gives operators the ability to achieve groundbreaking operational efficiencies and maximize the use of precious resources like time, money and personnel. This contract will enable us to most efficiently build and deliver this aircraft to current and future customers around the world." More than 200 V-22 Ospreys are currently in operation and the worldwide fleet has amassed more than 185,000 flight hours, with half of those hours logged in the past three years. Jun 13, 2013

Boeing Boeing C-17 arrives in India. India has officially received its first Boeing C-17 strategic transport, becoming the eighth operator of the type. After taking delivery of the aircraft at Edwards AFB in California, the Indian air force crew departed for India, with the airlifter expected to touch down at Hindon air base near New Delhi on 17 June. New Delhi will receive four more C-17s this year, and five in 2014, says Boeing. This will make the Indian air force the operator of the second largest fleet of C-17s, after the US Air Force's current 218-strong inventory. The UK currently holds this status, with its Royal Air Force operating eight of the type. Other current users include Australia, Canada, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, plus a multinational Strategic Airlift Consortium of 12 NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. India finalised its almost $1.8 billion Foreign Military Sales deal for 10 C-17s in June 2012. "Congratulations to the Indian air force on this milestone as India joins the worldwide community of C-17 operators," says Tommy Dunehew, Boeing vic- president of business development for Mobility, Surveillance and Engagement. Jun 12, 2013

Boeing Boeing expects piracy to boost patrol jet orders. Interest from outside the U.S. in Boeing's long-range patrol jets is likely to increase as threats from piracy grow, the company believes, and that could be a source of sales larger than to the U.S. military. Because of piracy threats, "We're getting interest from countries that have never had fixed-wing maritime patrol," said Egan Greenstein, business development director for the P-8 program, Boeing's military version of the 737. Jun 13, 2013

EADS EADS North America Delivers 15th HC-144A Ocean Sentry to U.S. Coast Guard...

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