NATION IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Navy Ends Contracts for V-22 Ospreys

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Navy announced in Washington it has complied with orders by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and terminated all production contracts for the controversial V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft program for the Marines. Cheney and Congress were at odds this year over Cheney's decision to kill the $27-billion program for the revolutionary aircraft, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like a plane. Congress eventually agreed to fund only research and development and not production, and Cheney ordered the production contracts terminated.

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