WASHINGTON, (BM) – According to Boeing, the Bell / Boeing consortium delivered the 400th Osprey V-22 tiltrotor to the customer, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
They became CV-22, transferred to the command of special operations of the US Air Force.
The first V-22 was delivered to the customer on May 24, 1999. Currently, purchases and deliveries are carried out as part of the third long-term contract for the supply of convertiplanes, the cost of which has currently increased to $ 5 billion. The contract is valid until 2024 and includes options for the supply of convertibles V-22 KMP, Air Force and US Navy, and also the first foreign customer – Japan.
As TsAMTO reported, the first long-term contract for the supply of V-22 convertiplanes for the period 2008-2012 fiscal year It was signed in 2008 and provided for the production of 174 aircraft. Its value amounted to 10.4 billion dollars. The second long-term agreement worth 6.5 billion dollars was concluded in 2013.
On June 29, 2018, the US Navy entered into a third long-term contract with the Bell / Boeing consortium for the production and supply of 58 Osprey V-22 convertiplanes for the US and Japanese aircraft. Its value amounted to $ 4.191 billion. The agreement provided for the supply of 39 units of the CMV-22B version for the US Navy, 14 units of the MV-22B version for the US Navy, one CV-22B unit for the US Air Force and 4 units of the MV-22B version as part of the ” Foreign Military Sales “for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. The agreement contained options for the supply of additional devices, some of which were implemented during 2018-2020.
The V-22 is the world’s first multi-purpose combat aircraft using rotor engine nacelle technology. It is capable of performing both horizontal flight at high speed over a long range in an airplane, and vertical take-off, landing and hovering like a helicopter.
The CV-22 version is intended for special operations, including the delivery of MTR groups to the place of operations on the enemy’s territory, as well as their evacuation and supply. Option MV-22B for the Marine Corps provides the safe transportation of troops, supplies and equipment when landing on the coast, as well as the supply of the fleet. Variant CMV-22B for the Navy is a replacement for the C-2A aircraft and will ensure the transportation of troops and cargo on board aircraft-carrying ships at sea.
V-22 has been used in combat operations since 2007. The total flying time of the delivered devices exceeded 500 thousand hours.
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