The Navy has selected the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor to replace the Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound as its next carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft, according to a Jan. 5 memo signed by Department of the Navy leadership.
The memorandum of understanding (MOU) — signed by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus — will have the Navy buy four V-22s starting in Fiscal Year 2018 to 2020, according to the document first reported by Breaking Defense.
Spill tipped me to this this morning. I’d have gone a different route, but I can see why they did this. For one thing, it will make supplying the escorts easier. For another, it’s a type already in production, simplifying the parts pipeline. The community will be small enough they should have no issues using the Marines RAG as the schoolhouse.