Bell-Boeing V-22 military aircraft project taps Cobham to develop aerial refueling kit

DAVENPORT, Iowa, 26 Oct. 2016. The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, with facilities in St. Louis and Ridley Park, Pa., last month won contracts with a total value of more than $23 million for work related to the V-22 Osprey multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. Engineers selected Cobham in Davenport, Iowa, to develop a palletized aerial refuelling system to enable the U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft the ability refuel other aircraft while inflight.

Oct 26th, 2016
Bell-Boeing V-22 military aircraft project taps Cobham to develop aerial refueling kit
Bell-Boeing V-22 military aircraft project taps Cobham to develop aerial refueling kit

DAVENPORT, Iowa, 26 Oct. 2016. The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, with facilities in St. Louis and Ridley Park, Pa., last month won contracts with a total value of more than $23 million for work related to the V-22 Osprey multi-mission, tiltrotormilitary aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. Engineers selected Cobham in Davenport, Iowa, to develop a palletized aerial refuelling system to enable the U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft the ability refuel other aircraft while inflight.

Engineers at Cobham Mission Systems in Davenport, Iowa, will modify Cobham’s existing FR300 Hose Drum Unit for the V-22 Aerial Refueling System (VARS). The roll-on/roll-off kit will enable the Marines to use land- and carrier-based MV-22B aircraft to refuel F-35B Lightning II and F/A-18 Hornet military aircraft, extending their operational range and loiter times.

VARS design and production will occur at the Cobham Mission Systems facility in Davenport, Iowa. Deliveries of VARS will commence in 2018, upon completion of rigorous analysis and testing of the system.

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Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office was awarded an $11,705,904 federal contract by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center for the design and development of the mission computer obsolescence initiative operation test program Set for the V-22 Osprey. The place of performance will be in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20%) and St. Louis (80%).

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office Wins $3.57 Million Federal Contract

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, won a $3,573,603 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for the completion of non-recurring engineering for the retrofit the beyond line of sight communications capability on CV-22 aircraft.

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office Wins $8 Million Federal Contract

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office was awarded an $8,002,860 federal contract by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for the upgrade of software and hardware for 19 Marine Corps V-22 flight training devices. The place in performance will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico (4%); Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (21%); Chantilly, Virginia (26%); Clifton, New Jersey (2%); Clovis, New Mexico (4%); Fort Walton Beach, Florida (4%); Fort Worth, Texas (18%); Mildenhall, United Kingdom (1%); Okinawa, Japan (4%); Orlando, Florida (1%); Philadelphia (5%); and St. Louis (10%).

Cobham Mission Systems provides capable critical control solutions for extreme environments, helping to increase the safety and mission capabilities of personnel and equipment in extreme environments. The company provides air-to-air refueling, life support, weapons carriage, and unmanned systems.

Cobham is a global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. The company employs more than 11,500 people on five continents, and has customers and partners in over 100 countries, with positions in: wireless, audio, video, and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; and life support and mission equipment.

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