US Navy works with US Marines to improve survivability of V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft

According to a report published by the ExecutiveGov website on April 14, 2021, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is working with the U.S. Marine Corps to improve the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft’s survivability and establish its assault-support elements in the high-threat situation.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 An MV-22 Osprey assigned to the "Flying Tigers" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 reinforced, prepares to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (Picture source U.S. DoD)

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Col. Matthew Kelly, head of the Department of Defense’s joint V-22 program, said at the Patuxent Partnership’s virtual conference in February that the V-22 program office recently concluded an internal study on the aircraft's potential medium-lift capacity through the mid-future.

Kelly noted that his office is also looking into implementing helmet-mounted visualization technologies for the MV-22 variant for missions in degraded environments.

According to Kelly, the V-22 production line will accommodate additional orders through fiscal 2023. The governments of Indonesia and Israel are also looking to procure V-22s, he added.

“We’re really proud of the work the pilots, aircrews and maintainers do, and we’re looking forward to another 30 to 40 years of flying the V-22,” said Kelly.

US Marines uses the MV-22 version of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft which is designed to transport troops, equipment, and supplies from ships and land bases for combat assault and assault support. It was designed as the medium-lift replacement for the CH-46E Sea Knight assault support helicopter. The Osprey can operate as a helicopter or a turboprop aircraft and offers twice the speed, six times the range, and three times the payload of the CH-46E.

Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the MV-22B was declared in June 2007.

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