Bell & Boeing CV-22 Osprey
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Information on the CV-22 Osprey
The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover, and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. The Osprey adds new capability and fills a long-standing U.S. Special Operations Command requirement to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions during night operations.
The CV-22 takes off vertically and, once airborne, the nacelles (engine and prop-rotor group) on each wing can rotate into a forward position. This versatile, self-deployable aircraft offers increased speed and range over other rotary-wing aircraft, and can perform missions that normally would require both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The Osprey can cruise at 218 miles per hour, and has a range three times greater than the MH-53J. It is also much quieter, thereby avoiding enemy threats
The CV-22 has an advanced electronic warfare suite, a multi-mode radar which permits flight at very low altitude in zero visibility, a retractable aerial refueling probe, four radios and flight engineer seat and crew positions in the cockpit.
The CV-22 is an Air Force-modified version of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22. Developmental testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., began September 2002. The first production representative aircraft arrived at Kirtland AFB, N.M., in September and October 2005 for operational testing and aircrew training.
The first production aircraft were delivered to Kirtland AFB in March and May, 2006, for operational testing and training. Combat aircraft are planned for delivery to Hurlburt Field?s 16th Special Operations Wing beginning in fiscal 2007 with an initial operational capability established in fiscal 2009 with six aircraft.
Primary function: Special operations forces long-range infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply
Builders: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., and Boeing Company, Defense and Space Group, Helicopter Division
Power Plant: Two Rolls Royce-Allison AE1107C turboshaft engines
Thrust: 6,200 shaft horsepower per engine
Length: 57 feet, 4 inches (17.4 meters)
Height: 22 feet, 1 inch (6.73 meters)
Wingspan: 84 feet, 7 inches (25.8 meters)
Rotary Diameter: 38 feet (11.6 meters)
Speed: 218 miles per hour (230 knots) (cruising speed)
Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters)
Maximum Vertical Takeoff Weight: 52,870 pounds (23,982 kilograms)
Maximum Rolling Takeoff Weight: 60,500 pounds (27,443 kilograms)
Range: 1,500 nautical miles with internal auxiliary fuel tanks and no refueling. More than 2,500 nautical miles is possible with one aerial refueling and auxiliary tanks.
Unit cost: $89 million (2005 dollars)
Crew: Four (pilot, copilot and two enlisted flight engineers)
Date Deployed: 2006 (with projected initial operational capability in 2009)
Inventory: Active force, 2 (testing)
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