Japan awards contract for V-22 Ospreys


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Mar 24, 2009
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Bell-Boeing has received a USD332.5 million contract for five of up to 17 V-22s for Japan
The deal is the first international V-22 sale
Bell-Boeing has been awarded a USD332.5 million deal for the manufacture and delivery of five V-22B Block C Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for Japan, the Pentagon announced on 14 July.

"The Bell Boeing team is honoured to have Japan as the first international customer for the V-22," Mitch Snyder, executive vice-president of military helicopters for Bell Helicopter, said in a statement. According to the Pentagon announcement, the five initial aircraft are to be delivered to Japan by June 2018.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified US lawmakers in May that Tokyo had requested up to 17 V-22s and 40 Rolls-Royce engines worth USD3 billion over five years. At the time, DSCA said the sale would help enhance Japan's ability to carry out humanitarian and disaster relief missions, and support amphibious operations.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced the selection of the V-22 in November 2014 after including a tilt-rotor requirement in its fiscal year 2015 budget request. The aircraft are due to equip a new amphibious unit made up of two expeditionary divisions and two brigades. The unit's role is to recapture territory "without delay in case of any invasion of any remote islands", the MoD said when it announced its formation in December 2013, making a thinly veiled reference to its dispute with China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.


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