Bell Helicopter Textron has awarded Goodrich Corporation a contract to supply the cross wing interconnect drive system for the V-22 Osprey aircraft.

The contract is expected to generate approximately $40 million in original equipment and aftermarket sales for Goodrich over five years with initial deliveries beginning in 2006.

Goodrich's Fuel and Utility Systems business unit in Rome, New York currently supplies the cross-wing and engine nacelle flexible couplings which transmit power between the two V-22 engine gearboxes.

With this new contract, the Rome facility will also be providing the composite drive shaft assemblies, seal assemblies, bearing hangars and associated hardware which comprise the cross wing interconnect drive system.

The drive system provides accessory power to the V-22 in normal operation and allows safe, single engine operation to drive the aircraft's two prop-rotors.