Bell Boeing improves the maintainability of the V-22; Completion of the first aircraft of the nacelle improvement program


AMARILLO, TX– Bell, a textron inc. (NYSE: TXT), completed the first modification of nacelle upgrades on an Air Force CV-22 Osprey. The aircraft is part of an ongoing upgrade by Bell and Boeing (NYSE: BA) to improve the wiring components in the nacelles and modify the structure to improve maintainability. The Osprey returned to 20th Special Operations Squadron at cannon air force base to December 13, 2021.

The V-22’s pods house power components critical to the V-22’s vertical takeoff and landing capabilities and transition to forward flight. This program benefits V-22 fleet maintainers and operators by reducing maintenance time and costs while simultaneously improving flight readiness rates.

Bell has completed modifications at the Amarillo Assembly Center (AAC), which is actively producing new V-22s for the defense department. The AAC employs over 500 employees to manufacture new military aircraft and modify existing military aircraft. The AAC nacelle upgrade utilizes Bell’s most experienced craftsmen in nacelle removal and replacement.

“Speed, range and versatility have always been fundamental to the Osprey, and that includes speed of maintenance,” said Kurt Fuller, director of the V-22 program and vice-president of Bell. “The improvements to the pod help ensure that the Osprey continues to outperform its opponents, both operationally and sustainably.”

The V-22 Osprey routinely flies missions that would typically require both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, reducing the overall logistics and maintenance footprint of operations. The CV-22 is a special operations variant of the Osprey that routinely operates in high-demand environments, including long-range infiltration and exfiltration missions. the Marine Corps and Marine also cited interest in pod improvements for the MV-22 and CMV-22B variants.

“The capabilities of the V-22 today are unmatched,” said Shane Openshaw, deputy director of the V-22 and Boeing vice-president. “These nacelle upgrades help ensure that the Osprey remains a high-performing and reliable aircraft supporting our customers’ missions for many years to come.”

Bell Boeing completed the first aircraft in December 2021 and is underway with the second CV-22.

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