October 20, 2005
Bell Boeing V-22 retired from CSAR-X competition
( Bell Helicopters Press Release) -
The Bell-Boeing V-22 team has made the decision to not submit a proposal
for the U.S. Air Force CSAR-X competition.
Quote attributed to Bob Kenney, vice president of the V-22 joint program:
"After thorough review of the revised Air Force request for proposal, it
was clear that the CSAR-X program's requirements and funding profile did
not call for the advanced speed and range offered by the V-22 Osprey,
and instead leaned toward capabilities found in more-traditional
"The V-22 continues to excel in its role of deep-strike combat insertion
and search and rescue for the Air Force Special Operations Command and
expeditionary medium-lift for U.S. Marine Corps, offering unmatched
capabilities for these missions. We continue to focus on these customers
to ensure we meet our commitments to them."
Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., is a $1.6 billion, leading
producer of commercial and military helicopters, and the pioneer of the
revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for customer service,
innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce of over 7,500
employees serves customers flying Bell aircraft in over 120 countries.
Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company with more than 43,000
employees in nearly 40 countries. The company leverages its global network
of aircraft, 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, Kautex, Lycoming,
E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is
one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in
St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $30.5 billion business. It
provides network-centric system solutions to its global military,
government, and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; the world's largest
military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer
and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems
integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global
leader in sustainment solutions and launch services.
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