Boeing Opens V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft Factory

Interior and exterior improvements for the V-22 productin facility increase energy efficiency and incorporate key safety and environmental provision. (Credit: Fred Troilo/Boeing photo.)

Interior and exterior improvements for the V-22 productin facility increase energy efficiency and incorporate key safety and environmental provision. (Credit: Fred Troilo/Boeing photo.)

August 13, 2019 | Source: Naval Technology, 5 August 2019

Boeing has opened a new facility outside Philadelphia to build fuselages for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and modernize the MV-22 fleet for the U.S. Marines (USMC).

The company has invested $115M in the new 350,000 ft² facility to improve safety and productivity as well as reduce operating costs.

Boeing Vertical Lift Vice President and General Manager David Koopersmith said, “Boeing’s $115M investment supports the U.S. and international demand for the unrivaled capabilities of the V-22. “We started this project 2 years ago in a mothballed building. Now, it is a state-of-the-art manufacturing center for the only in-service tiltrotor aircraft in the world.”

The company will use the facility as the hub for the "Common Configuration: Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM)" program to improve the readiness and reliability of the USMC tiltrotor aircraft fleet.

The CC-RAM program seeks to improve commonality in the MV-22 Osprey's fleet by upgrading previously built aircraft to the new Block C configuration. Additionally, the factory will be used for the production of the fuselage for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marines, and international Osprey customers.

USMC V-22 Joint Program Manager Colonel Matthew Kelly said: “The V-22 readiness program is our number one priority. The CC-RAM program is key in meeting our readiness goals and returning capable and reliable aircraft to Marine units around the world.”

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