Elbit Systems of America to provide support for U.S. Navy V-22 Ospreys

Elbit Systems announced on Oct. 5 that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, was awarded an approximately $35 million five-year firm-fixed-priced contract by the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) for repair of line-replaceable units in support of the V-22 aircraft. The repairs will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas and Talladega, Alabama, and the contract will be performed until October 2025.

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Elbit Systems America to provide support for the U.S. Navy V 22 Ospreys1 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (Picture source: Bell Boeing)

The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) is a command of the United States Navy. Headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, the NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team deliver logistics and support to the Navy. The current Commander is Rear Admiral Peter G. Stamatopoulos who took the position in 2020.

The V-22 first flew in 1989, and began flight testing and design alterations; the complexity and difficulties of being the first tiltrotor for military service led to many years of development. The U.S. Marine Corps began crew training for the MV-22B Osprey in 2000, and fielded it in 2007; it supplemented and then replaced their Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights. The U.S. Air Force fielded their version of the tiltrotor, CV-22B, in 2009. Since entering service with the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, the Osprey has been deployed in transportation and medevac operations over Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Kuwait. The U.S. Navy plans to use the CMV-22B for carrier onboard delivery (COD) duties beginning in 2021.

Elbit Systems America to provide support for the U.S. Navy V 22 Ospreys 2 Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (Picture source: U.S. DoD)