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MV-22B OSPREY

Marine Corps Landing Zone Eagle, Calif. – Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5), 1st Marine Division, exit an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 364 as part of a training mission in support of Exercise Winter Fury 18 at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 7. The squadron’s mission was to transport Marines with 2/5 to Landing Zone Eagle in order to train for a combat scenario. The exercise spans several locations: Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and MCAS Miramar. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released)

Description

In 1999 the Marine Corps procured its first MV- 22B Osprey. Since the first deployment in 2007, the MV-22B’s revolutionary capability has been a cornerstone of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. MV-22Bs provided essential medium lift assault support to ground forces in multiple theaters of operation. The Osprey enables expeditionary operations, maximizes ship-to-shore speed and agility, and creates options for ground commanders.

Unlike any aircraft before it, the MV-22B successfully blends the vertical flight capabilities of helicopters with the speed, range, altitude and endurance of fixed-wing transports. This unique combination provides an unprecedented advantage to warfighters, allowing current missions to be executed more effectively, and allowing new missions to be accomplished that were previously unachievable on legacy platforms. With a cruise speed of 266 knots, twice that of most conventional helicopters, the MV- 22B greatly increases the flexibility available to the MAGTF commander and increases its survivability during combat operations.

Operational Impact

The improved capabilities of the MV-22B translate into faster MAGTF response to global crises. The MV-22B provides unparalleled response time combined with improved operational flexibility. When an earthquake, hurricane, or other natural disaster occurs, the MV-22B is able to respond within hours to ensure the appropriate assessment teams are on-scene and the relief efforts are quickly moved to the affected area.

Program Status

IOC June 2007

FOC Target date September 2019

Procurement Profile:

FY18 - QTY 1
FY19 - QTY 0

Developer/Manufacturer:

Bell Helicopter,
Fort Worth, Texas

Boeing Rotorcraft Systems,
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania