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Thursday 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 helicopter-type aircraft.

"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."

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