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Bell-Boeing wins $545 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A joint project of Boeing Co and Textron Inc unit Bell Helicopter is being awarded a $545 million modification to a previously awarded U.S. defense contract, the Pentagon said.

The modification provides for the manufacture of four MV-22 tilt rotor aircraft for the government of Japan, the Pentagon said in a statement.

(Reporting by Eric Beech)