The Bell Textron- Boeing Navy-specific CMV-22B Osprey completed first flight operations at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center.
The United States Navy will use the CMV-22B to replace the C-2A Greyhound for transporting personnel, mail, supplies and high-priority cargo from shore bases to aircraft carriers at sea.
Bell Boeing designed the Navy variant specifically for carrier fleet operations by providing increased fuel capacity for the extended range requirement. The mission flexibility of the Osprey will increase operational capabilities and readiness, in addition to ferrying major components of the F-35 engine.
The CMV-22B is the latest variant of the tiltrotor fleet, joining the MV-22 and CV-22 used by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.
“The first flight of the Navy’s CMV-22B marks a significant milestone for the V-22 program and for Naval Aviation,” said Chris Gehler, Bell V-22 Vice President and Bell Boeing deputy program director. “The Osprey has always been a revolutionary aircraft, and we look forward to continuing to support the evolving needs of the Navy with advanced tiltrotor capabilities.”
Bell Boeing will deliver the first CMV-22B to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 in early 2020 for developmental test.
Bell Boeing delivered the first modified MV-22 Osprey to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) on Tuesday. The Marines have multiple configurations of the MV-22 aircraft in service
Bell-Boeing is awarded a contract valued $68.2 million that involves testing, providing engineering and logistics support to Japans MV-22B Osprey aircraft and corresponding training device
Parts Life Inc has won a $13 million contract for 13 distinct types of peculiar support equipment (PSE) for V-22 aircraft; Combo V in support of the V-22 Osprey and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force MV-22B Block C tiltrotor aircraft program. PSE is in support of the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and the government of Japan
In a bid to obtain reconnaissance of enemy threats to protect the tilt rotor MV-22 Osprey aircraft, the United States Marine Corp is planning to develop a drone to be launched from the aircraft. The new drone is christened “Air-Launched Fast Autonomous Reconnaissance System” or AFARS, Marine Times reported Tuesday, citing officials from the Marine Corp Warfighting Lab
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