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US Navy to cut V-22 nacelle repair time with $81M contract

first_img“We wanted to make sure that the individuals actually doing the hard work, opening up the nacelles, having to replace wires and troubleshoot, reap the benefits of this program,” MSgt Bryan Sohl, the CV-22 division superintendent, noted. The Marine Corps and Navy are also looking to incorporate the nacelle and wiring improvements onto the MV-22 and CMV-22B variants. Initial kit delivery and installs, covered in this contract, are scheduled for completion in late-2021 at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Amarillo, Texas. “By refining the design for maintainability in these areas, we will ultimately reduce repair time and improve readiness.” “Approximately 60 percent of maintenance man hours are spent in the nacelles,” Col. Brian Clifford, the PMA-275 CV-22 program manager, explained. Share this article The planned modifications were designed based on feedback from Air Force and Marine Corps maintainers to improve access to the nacelles. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Bell Boeing an $81 million contract to develop, design and install nacelle modification kits and install conversion area harnesses on the CV-22 Osprey, the Air Force Special Operations Command’s (AFSOC) variant of the tiltrotor aircraft. View post tag: CV-22center_img View post tag: US Navy Photo: Illustration. Image by US Navy “This contract implements the most comprehensive maintainability improvement since CV-22 fleet introduction 14 years ago; it will quickly pay readiness dividends for the fleet.” View post tag: nacelle The V-22 nacelles house the power and propulsion components of the aircraft and the conversion area includes complex wiring bundles routing from each nacelle, feeding power through various elements of the aircraft. Together, the nacelles and harnesses are crucial and complex elements, responsible for giving the V-22 its ability to fly vertically and horizontally. View post tag: Osprey “This complex effort will improve both the reliability and maintainability in one of the most critical areas on the aircraft,” Col. Matthew Kelly, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) program manager, said.last_img read more