The Italian Navy has been introduced to the MV-22 Osprey through the members of Special Purpose-Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, or SP-MAGTF Crisis Response, at a recent visit to Taranto-Grottaglie Air Base, Italy.
The SP-MAGTF brought two Ospreys to the air base and conducted a capabilities brief and a static display of the aircraft, followed by a familiarization flight, having Italy Navy Ministry officials aboard the aircraft with Lt. Col. Christian Harshberger, Aviation Combat Element commanding officer for SP-MAGTF Crisis Response.
“Italy doesn’t currently have an aircraft that is both capable of vertical take-off and also can carry troops and cargo, so this was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the MV-22,” said Capt. Nicholas Arnold, a SP-MAGTF Crisis Response MV-22 Osprey pilot and weapons and tactics instructor. “The leadership here seemed genuinely interested in the aircraft and impressed with its capabilities.”
The Marine Corps and Italian aviators share a bond in that both services attend the U.S. Naval flight schools in Pensacola, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Texas. They recognized this bond during the visit, which corresponded with the 100th anniversary of Italian Naval Aviation.
“The Corps and Italian Navy have a common bond that we were able to build upon here,” Arnold, N.Y. native, added. “I think that bond is important and only improves our relationship here in Italy.”
Israel has ordered six Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotor worth more than $1 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 13 January. The government of Israel's request includes six aircraft in a "V-22B Block C" configuration, with these to be optimised for search and rescue and special operations duties, the DSCA says
The US Navy has awarded a $1.3 billion worth contract to Bell-Boeing for the procurement of 22 V-22 Ospreys, which authorizes purchase of 100 V-22s over the next five years
The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey took center stage at the Dubai Air Show this week with company executives saying that aircraft sales could grow significantly in the "very near future". However, despite its vast success in Afghanistan, the aircraft may be procured in a VIP configuration in the Middle East and possibly elsewhere
The US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday that Israel is planning to buy six V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. “Israel will get six V-22s out of the next order to go on the assembly line, and they will be compatible with other [Israeli defense force] capabilities,” he said
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft has successfully completed an initial test performing as an aerial refueling tanker. Adding this capability to the tiltrotor aircraft would further advance its versatility in combat, humanitarian and ship-based operations, the company said in a statement
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