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Bell Boeing Awarded Contract for 99 V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft



      Bell Boeing Awarded Contract for 99 V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

- 5-year contract will save taxpayers nearly $1 billion

PR Newswire

PATUXENT RIVER, Md., June 13, 2013

PATUXENT RIVER, Md., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bell Boeing V-22
Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT]
and Boeing [NYSE: BA], has been awarded a five-year U.S. Naval Air Systems
Command (NAVAIR) contract for the production and delivery of 99 V-22 Osprey
tiltrotor aircraft, including 92 MV-22 models for the U.S. Marine Corps and
seven CV-22 models for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command.

Valued at approximately $6.5 billion, the contract is structured to provide
nearly $1 billion in savings to the U.S. government compared with procurements
through single-year contracts. The contract also includes a provision
permitting NAVAIR to order up to 23 additional aircraft.

"Signing this contract speaks volumes towards the confidence our services have
in the V-22 Osprey," said Marine Corps Col. Greg Masiello, V-22 Joint Program
Office program manager.  "Since 2007, the V-22 has been continuously
forward-deployed in a range of combat, humanitarian, and special operations
roles. Ospreys continue to transform our Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force
and Air Force Special Operations by enabling missions not possible with
conventional aircraft, and helped save lives where others could not."

The V-22 Osprey is a joint service, multirole combat aircraft that uses
tiltrotor technology to combine the speed and range of a fixed-wing airplane
with the vertical performance of a helicopter. With its nacelles and rotors in
vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once
airborne, its nacelles can be rotated to transform the aircraft into a
turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.

"The versatile V-22 Osprey is the ideal aircraft for an era when global
militaries are being asked to do more with less," said Vince Tobin, executive
director, Bell Boeing V-22 Program. "It gives operators the ability to achieve
groundbreaking operational efficiencies and maximize the use of precious
resources like time, money and personnel.  This contract will enable us to
most efficiently build and deliver this aircraft to current and future
customers around the world."

More than 200 V-22 Ospreys are currently in operation and the worldwide fleet
has amassed more than 185,000 flight hours, with half of those hours logged in
the past three years.

About Bell Boeing:
Bell Boeing is a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and
Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron 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. Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company
that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance
businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services.
Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell
Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company , Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO,
Greenlee, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information
is available at www.textron.com.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the
world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in
innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest
and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St.
Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 59,000
employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

Contact:         

Bill Schroeder
Bell Boeing V-22 Program
817-600-4209
wschroeder@bh.com

Andrew Lee
Boeing Vertical Lift Communications
610-291-6670
andrew.h.lee2@boeing.com

SOURCE Bell Boeing

Website: http://www.boeing.com
Website: http://www.textron.com
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