The US Navy has taken delivery of the first CMV-22B Osprey aircraft, the latest variant that brings proven tiltrotor capabilities, from Bell Textron and Boeing.
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is set to replace the C-2A Greyhound fleet for the US Navy’s carrier on-board delivery mission of transporting personnel and cargo from shore bases to aircraft carriers at sea.
Capable of carrying up to 6,000lb, the CMV-22B can cover more than 1,150nm and can land on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
It features the F-35C engine power module secured inside its fuselage and provides roll-on/roll-off delivery.
The CMV-22B aircraft can also provide improved logistical capability worldwide due to expanded sponsons that increase fuel capacity.
Bell V-22 vice-president and Bell Boeing deputy programme director Chris Gehler said: “This CMV-22 first delivery marks a new milestone with our US Navy customer providing unmatched versatility in an aviation platform.
“Bell Boeing, our dedicated employees, and Team Osprey are proud to support our US government customer in bringing this unique capability to the fleet.”
Last month, Bell Boeing’s first CMV-22B Osprey long-range tiltrotor aircraft completed its maiden flight operations.
Recently, the first developmental test model arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland to continue developmental testing.
US Navy Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing commodore Dewon Chaney said: “The CMV-22 Osprey brings expanded capabilities not only to the carrier on-board delivery (COD) mission but to the high-end fight. We are anxious to get it to the fleet and show off its immense capabilities and agile flexibility.”
Initially, the aircraft will be based at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego and later at Naval Air Station Norfolk.