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Bell-Boeing lands $41.2 million V-22 aircraft support contract

Published Nov 17, 2023 18:06
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PHILADELPHIA - In a significant development for military aviation, Bell-Boeing has been awarded a $41.2 million contract by the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation in Philadelphia to support V-22 Osprey operations through November 30, 2024. The contract entails providing engineering work for both U.S. and Japanese defense forces in Texas and Pennsylvania. This support is crucial as it comes at a time when global terror threats are on the rise, highlighting the versatility and importance of the V-22 and its special ops-focused CV-22 variant.

The military aviation market is experiencing a robust growth phase, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.37% leading up to 2028, with North America driving much of this expansion. Companies such as Textron (NYSE:TXT) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) are poised to benefit from this growth era. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has also been performing strongly, thanks to its advanced F-35 program, which has consistently delivered an average earnings surprise of over four percent and boasts an impressive long-term growth rate of nearly nine percent. Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) is another key player in the sector, expecting a sales increase as per Zacks Consensus Estimate.

In the stock market, Textron’s shares have climbed by double digits compared to last year's benchmarks, indicating strong investor confidence. Boeing’s shares have also seen a surge, increasing almost twenty percent within the same period—although the company's stock outlook varies with Textron’s higher Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) compared to Boeing’s Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). This reflects divergent market trajectories for these major aerospace players amidst an expanding defense sector.

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InvestingPro Tips suggests that Textron's management has been aggressively buying back shares, implying their confidence in the company's future. Another positive sign is the company's consistent increase in earnings per share, which bodes well for continued growth.

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