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V-22 woes are about to claim more victims, with layoffs looming as production of the tiltrotor is slowed to allow prime contractors Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing to fix design problems that have plagued the aircraft.
The number of layoffs and when they will occur hasn't been resolved yet. But the goal is to ``lose the minimum number of people,'' says Michael Tkach, Bell Boeing V-22 program director. Boeing has about 1,500 people employed on V-22 work, while Bell has about 2,800 employees associated with the program.