V-22 Osprey Production
The MV-22 aircraft was produced utilizing a block approach.
Block A series aircraft would provide an improved aircraft with which the Marine Corps can train. This includes a software enhancement, nacelle reconfiguration, and additional reliability and maintainability improvements. These aircraft would remain at VMMT-204 and would not deploy. As of December 2005, 29 Block A aircraft had been delivered to the flight line at MCAS New River.
MV-22 Block B series aircraft would be the first MV-22s to deploy and would provide further improvements in effectiveness and maintainability for operators and maintainers, including improved access to the nacelle for inspection purposes and substantial reliability and maintenance improvements. The first Block B aircraft was delivered to the Marine Corps on 08 December 2005.
MV-22 Block C configuration would incorporate mission enhancements. These enhancements include the addition of a weather radar, a forward firing ALE-47 dispenser, improved hover coupled features, an improved environmental conditioning system (ECS), and a troop commander situational awareness station.
MV-22 Block D is in the budget cycle.
On March 31, 2003 Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office, Patuxent River, Md., was awarded a $192,035,522 not-to-exceed modification to a previously awarded undefinitized cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-93-C-0006) for continuing phase I of the MV-22 block upgrade program, which consists of the non-recurring engineering design activities, integration and flight testing required through delivery of aircraft 34 for block A, the critical design review for block B, and all associated flight testing. Work would be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50%), and Ridley, Pa. (50%), and is expected to be completed in September 2003.
Block "0" was the initial baseline CV-22 variant. The CV-22 program is managed by the Navy V-22 Joint Program Office (NAVAIR PMA-275). This ensures that the CV-22 changes are incorporated into the ongoing V-22 production line with minimum impact. Funding for the baseline CV-22 Engineering Manufacturing and Development, known as Block 0, is embedded in the Navy budget.
CV-22 Block 10s are combat-ready aircraft that incorporate improvements to operational effectiveness and suitability as well as maintainability enhancements. The equivalent MV-22 configuration is known as Block B. On 03 March 2006 Air Force leadership accepted the keys for the first combat-configured CV-22 Osprey from Bell Boeing Wednesday in a ceremony at the Bell manufacturing facility in Amarillo, Texas. While earlier versions of the CV-22 tiltrotor aircraft are in use as test assets, this was the first of the "Block B/10" aircraft, representing the configuration that the Air Force Special Operations Command would take into combat.
The CV-22 acquisition program delayed incorporation of some operational capabilities until the completion of a Block 10 (formerly Pre-Planned Product Improvement) CV-22 program. This strategy was based on a developmental funding cap agreed to by the Department of the Navy and the USSOCOM Acquisition Executive and concerns over the technical maturity of parallel acquisition programs. CV-22 production began in FY04. Block 10 funding is required for integrating and testing the Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM), a system to provide protection against infrared guided missiles; design, integration and validation of the Troop Commander Situational Awareness station to provide the embarked troop commander access to the CV-22's communication, navigation and mission management system; relocation of the ALE-47 chaff and flare dispenser control head to allow any cockpit crew member to activate defensive countermeasures; addition of a second forward firing chaff and flare dispenser to provide an adequate quantity of consumable countermeasures for the extended duration of SOF infiltration/exfiltration/resupply missions; and incorporation of a dual access feature to the Digital Map System to allow both the pilot and copilot to independently access and control the digital map display from the mission computer. This program included modification of an existing undelivered MV-22 to a CV-22 Additional Test Aircraft (ATA) configuration, thus providing a third flight test asset.
CV-22 Block 20 funding was required to design, integrate, test, and validate enhancements required to meet SOF unique mission requirements and correction of deficiencies identified in previous testing. This block would provide more robust performance of the CV platform in navigation, maneuverability and mission deployment. Initial risk reduction and trade studies would be pursued prior to starting System Development and Demonstration. Block 20 would provide SOCOM Mission Enhancements, while Block 25 provides Air Force Mission Enhancements.
CV-22 Block 30 funding was required to design, integrate, test, and validate enhancements required to meet SOF unique mission requirements to maintain performance against the evolving threat environment. This block would provide improve survivability and performance against potential threats through reduction in electronic signature emissions and improved countermeasures. Initial risk reduction and trade studies would be pursued prior to starting System Development and Demonstration.
V-22 Production Lots
On July 7, 2004 Bell-Boeing Program Office, Patuxent River, Md., was awarded an $8,712,386 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-03-C-6517) to install Wing Auxiliary Tanks and remove Aft Sponson Fuel Tanks on the 9 MV-22 aircraft in Lot 8. It includes non-recurring effort to perform functional testing and convert the Aft Sponson Fuel Tank, supporting provisions, and associated plumbing into their own kit. Work would be performed in Amarillo, Texas, and is expected to be completed in October 2006.
On February 23, 2004 Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Patuxent River, Md., was awarded a $849,300,000 (estimated value) advanced acquisition contract for long lead materials needed to manufacture eight Lot 9 MV-22 and three CV-22 low rate initial production tilt rotor aircraft. Work would be performed in Ridley Park, Pa. (50 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (15 percent), and was completed in October 2007.
On January 24, 2005 Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office, Patuxent River, Md., was awarded an advanced acquisition contract with an estimated value of $850,000,000 for long lead effort and materials associated with the manufacture and delivery of 11 fiscal year 2006 Lot 10 low rate initial production V-22 aircraft (nine MV-22 aircraft and two CV-22 aircraft). Work would be performed in Ridley Park, Pa. (50 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (15 percent), and was expected to be completed in September 2008.
On December 27, 2005 Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office, Patuxent River, Md., was awarded an advance acquisition contract for long lead components associated with the manufacture and delivery of 14 fiscal 2007 Lot 11 MV-22 and 2 fiscal 2007 Lot 11 CV-22 aircraft. The estimated ceiling value for this effort is $1,058,600,000. Work would be performed in Ridley Park, Pa. (50 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (35 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (15 percent), and was expected to be completed in September 2009.
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