The Pentagon has finally signed a $6.5 billion, five-year deal with Bell-Boeing for the next 99 V-22 tiltrotors — 92 MV-22s used by the Marine Corps and seven CV-22s for U.S. Air Force special operations forces. The deal covers five years of work through fiscal 2017 and will save $1 billion compared to buying the 99 aircraft in annual procurements, according to program officials. This savings figure is up from a target of $850 million espoused last year by the V-22’s program manager, ...

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