U.S. Navy receives first CMV-22B Osprey

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Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. introduced on its web site on 07 February that it had delivered the most recent variant of Osprey tiltrotor plane to the U.S. Navy.

“The CMV-22 Osprey brings expanded capabilities not solely to the Provider Onboard Supply (COD) mission however to the high-end battle. We’re anxious to get it to the fleet and exhibit its immense capabilities and agile flexibility.” mentioned U.S. Navy Capt. Dewon Chaney, Commodore, Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing.

The CMV-22B is exclusive within the Osprey household with the flexibility to hold as much as 6,000 kilos and canopy greater than 1,150 nautical miles. It’s the solely plane that may land on the flight deck of an plane provider with the F-35C engine energy module safely secured inside its fuselage and supply roll-on/roll-off supply. Expanded sponsons enhance gas capability and allow the CMV-22B to supply enhanced logistical functionality anyplace on this planet.

“This CMV-22 first supply marks a brand new milestone with our U.S. Navy buyer offering unmatched versatility in an aviation platform,” mentioned Chris Gehler, Bell V-22 Vice President and Bell Boeing Deputy Program Director.  “Bell Boeing, our devoted staff, and Group Osprey are proud to assist our US authorities buyer in bringing this distinctive functionality to the fleet.”

The CMV-22 accomplished a number of milestones resulting in the primary reveal ceremony. The CMV-22B completed its first flight in December 2019 and on Feb. 2, the primary developmental take a look at mannequin arrived at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD to proceed developmental testing. During the last a number of months, the Navy and Marine Corps crew has been working and coaching collectively at MCAS Miramar in preparation for CMV-22 deliveries.

“Navy maintainers and aircrew have embedded in a number of squadrons inside Marine Plane Group (MAG) 16, with vital profit to each Navy personnel and our squadrons. This integration has been so profitable, and created such a tight-knit crew, that we at the moment have members of the upcoming Navy squadron built-in into one among our forward-deployed items,” mentioned U.S. Marine Corps Col. Eric Garcia, MAG-16 commanding officer. “This clearly demonstrates the professionalism and dedication by all members of the “Blue and Inexperienced” crew and bodes effectively for additional integration of Navy and Fleet Marine Forces as we put together to make use of the CMV-22’s huge capabilities at residence and overseas.”

The U.S. Navy chosen the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to exchange the C-2A Greyhound fleet for its provider onboard supply mission of transporting personnel and high-priority cargo from shore bases to plane carriers at sea. The CMV-22B will initially be based mostly at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego and later at Naval Air Station Norfolk.