Bell Explores New Missions for V-22 Tiltrotor | Aviation International News

Bell Helicopter is exploring new markets and missions for its Bell-Boeing Osprey V-22 military tiltrotor.

The company recently demonstrated the V-22’s search-and-rescue (SAR) capabilities to the Canadian Forces. The V-22 is ideally suited to the SAR mission in Canada, with its vast distances and harsh environments, and could do the work of several aircraft on a typical mission, according to a Bell spokesman.



via Bell Explores New Missions for V-22 Tiltrotor | Aviation International News.

I’ve been a  critic of the MV-22 Osprey for a long time. Not on the technical merits. It works, and it works well.

My beef with the bird is that it is simply too expensive to be used as an assault transport for the Marines.

I do think there are several applications where its unique capabilities would be a boon. The proposed Canadian SAR variant would be one.  Again though, costs rears its ugly head. Canada is hardly a nation with bulging reserves of cash. The enormous cost of the airframe, and relatively high operating costs will likely dampen any enthusiasm for what would probably be an excellent SAR platform for them. I’m also unsure of the anti-ice capabilities of the bird.

4 thoughts on “Bell Explores New Missions for V-22 Tiltrotor | Aviation International News”

  1. it costs are about the same as a special mission CH-47 with all the bells and whistles–but with greater survivability. as a side note, why do you doubt its anti-ice features?

    1. So a slick MV-22 costs the same as a tricked out MH-47. What’s the cost comparison to a CH-47F? Which, BTW, can carry twice as many troops and way more sling load~ and when sling loading, the speeds are very comparable.

      No hard info on anti-ice, but I seem to remember hearing of an operational flight that ran into icing problems. That’s why I said I was unsure.

  2. i gotcha but you do understand that the MV-22 is classed as a medium helicopter (i know i’m changing the goal posts but i made the comparison for insertion of forces during forcible entry). if you want to compare a CH-47F to a Marine bird then it would have to be the CH-53. E or K…your pick.

    also the issue with sling loading is one that the Corps is getting sorted out. we don’t want medium helos sling loading anything. just be a pure troop carrier.

    i understand your point. i just disagree.

  3. Brad, I’ll go you one better than cost – complexity. The MV-22 is much more vulnerable because of its complexity. So much more to go wrong with even minor damage putting the thing out of commission.

    We’ve seen similar problems with starch wings in the Korean war. The AF didn’t want to try to bring the Jug back, so they pressed Mustangs into service and a lot of them were left on the hills of Korea as wreckage because it was vulnerable in its cooling system.

    There are simply too many things that can go wrong with an Osprey for me to trust the thing as an assault transport. Kill just one side, and all you have is junk.

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