Colonel Dan Robinson, NAVAIR V-22 Program Manager, gave the latest on U.S. Navy variant of the V-22. It was made publich in February this year that the U.S. Navy would procure the Osprey to answer its future Carrier Onboard Delivery requirements. As of now, the U.S. Navy is planning on procuring 48 Ospreys. The Osprey typical Navy missions will include:
– Sea Based Logistics (including COD)
– Personnel recovery (including SAR)
– Special warfare (with US Navy Seals)
A model of the Osprey in Navy colors was also on display:
The COD version of the Osprey will replace the venerable Grumman C-2 Greyhound which has been in US Navy service since the late 1960’s. While there’s no question a new COD aircraft is needed, the V-22, as currently configured has a range problem when comapred to the Greyhound. NAVAIR is looking at increasing the range by increasing the size of the sponsons which house the main landing gear.