Bell Helicopter has announced a major expansion at its Military Aircraft Assembly Center located at the Rick Husband International Airport in Amarillo, TX. In preparation for a ramp-up in production of both the H-1 helicopter and the Bell Boeing V-22, an additional 176,000 ft² of floor space will be constructed, bringing the total size of the facility to 1,095,000 ft² under roof. The expansion, scheduled for completion in July 2009, is primarily driven by the Bell Boeing V-22 multiyear production contract signed in March 2008. (The V-22 is produced under a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter and The Boeing Co.). The contract calls for 167 aircraft to be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command over a five-year period, with an annual option for an additional five aircraft. The new space allotted for the expansion provides room to build the additional aircraft.