Bell Boeing Announces Contract for First V-22 Ospreys to Japan

  • Agreement enhances Japan’s defensive and humanitarian operations
  • Marks first international sale for V-22

PATUXENT RIVER, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BellBoeing, a strategic alliance betweenBell Helicopter, aTextron[NYSE: TXT] company, andBoeing[NYSE: BA], was awarded aU.S. Navycontract today for five Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to be delivered toJapan, marking the first sale of the aircraft through the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program.

The contract for the Block C aircraft includes support, training, and equipment. The versatile V-22 tiltrotor will allow Japan’sGround Self-Defense Forcegreatly enhanced capabilities, while providing an ideal platform for relief efforts in response to natural disasters.

“The Bell Boeing team is honored to haveJapanas the first international customer for the V-22 tiltrotor,” saidMitch Snyder, executive vice president of Military Business forBell Helicopter. “The distinct performance envelope of the V-22 will provideJapanwith an ideal solution when the need arises. When assets are required on-target in a location without an airstrip, the self-deployable Osprey provides customers with an unrivaled combination of speed, range, and payload to execute a variety of missions.”

The V-22 is currently in service with theUnited States Marine Corpsand the United States Air Force Special Operations Command. This year, theUnited States Navyannounced their decision to procure 44 V-22 aircraft.

“This is an important day for the Bell Boeing team inJapanand for theU.S.-Japan Alliance,” saidShelley Lavender, president ofBoeingMilitary Aircraft. “The V-22 redefines what’s operationally possible for a country, and we’re looking forward to delivering this capability toJapanas we continue our enduring partnership there.”

The Osprey’s mission capabilities include troop transport, disaster relief, personnel recovery, medical evacuation, logistics support, and executive transport.

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary ofTextron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

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