The US Navy (USN) on 30 January awarded Bell-Boeing JPO a contract modification worth nearly USD70 million to upgrade three MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to Block C configuration in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) effort, according to a Pentagon statement.
The contract modification also formally definitises a previously awarded undefinitised contract action (UCA) to a cost-plus-fixed fee, firm-fixed price contract. Roughly USD70 million in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 USN aircraft procurement funds are obligated, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
USN spokesperson Sarah Tate said on 31 January that CC-RAM will accelerate improved readiness to the MV-22 fleet. Tate said USN Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in August issued a UCA to Bell-Boeing with a not-to-exceed value for the initial non-recurring effort and recurring requirements to establish the CC-RAM effort.
A UCA, Tate said, is a contract action for which the contract terms, specifications, or price are not agreed upon before performance commences, but defines the terms under which work can begin.
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