WASHINGTON Dec 11 Boeing Co said on
Tuesday it would not submit bids based on its H-47 helicopter or
the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built with Textron Inc's
Bell Helicopter unit for a U.S. Air Force competition for 112
new combat rescue helicopters.
Boeing spokesman Damien Mills said the H-47 Chinook and the
V-22 "Osprey" had been proven to be the world's most capable and
cost-effective search and rescue aircraft, but their
capabilities exceeded the parameters of the Air Force contest.
"While the Chinook and Osprey exceed the parameters of the
USAF's Combat Rescue Helicopter program, they are often the
go-to aircraft for the U.S. Army, Marines and Air Force Special
Operations Command when needing to extract personnel from
dangerous situations," Mills said.
He said the two aircraft had been used to save lives in
conditions where other aircraft could not operate.
Boeing's decision follows a similar announcement by Northrop
Grumman Corp earlier Tuesday.