Boeing and Bell Textron Inc. have delivered the first modified MV-22 Osprey to the United States Marine Corps for improved readiness and reliability of the tiltrotor fleet.
The Marines have multiple configurations of the MV-22 aircraft in service. Under the Common Configuration â€“ Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) program, Bell Boeing is reducing the number of configurations by upgrading block â€œB” aircraft to the current block â€œC” configuration.
â€œOur first CC-RAM aircraft returning to Marine Corps Air Station New River was a key program benchmark,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275). â€œWe are excited to see the capability, commonality and readiness improvements these CC-RAM aircraft bring to the fleet as part of the Marine Corps’ V-22 readiness program.”
As a block â€œB” configuration, this MV-22 was originally delivered to the fleet in 2005. In 2018, the aircraft flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to the Boeing Philadelphia facility for modernization.
â€œThis milestone marks the beginning of an Osprey evolution,” said Kristin Houston, vice president, Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and director, Bell Boeing V-22 Program. â€œThrough a shared focus on safety and quality, the Bell Boeing team is delivering modernized MV-22 aircraft that are ready to serve our dedicated servicemen and women who rely on this essential aviation resource.”
The next CC-RAM delivery is expected in early 2020.
â€œWe look forward to having the remaining MV-22 block â€œB” aircraft rejoin the fleet in a block â€œC” configuration,” said Kelly.
In November 2019, the U.S. Navy awarded Bell Boeing $146,039,547 to upgrade nine additional MV-22 aircraft under the CC-RAM program, with work expected to be completed in March 2022.