What Makes the V-22 Osprey So Special And Unbeatable To Date, anyone know why?

MissionThe CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. The mission of the CV-22 is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.

FeaturesThis versatile, self-deployable aircraft offers increased speed and range over other rotary-wing aircraft, enabling Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews to execute long-range special operations missions. The CV-22 can perform missions that normally would require both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The CV-22 takes off vertically and, once airborne, the nacelles (engine and prop-rotor group) on each wing can rotate into a forward position.

The CV-22 is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, forward-looking infrared sensor and other systems that allow it to operate in various austere conditions.

BackgroundThe CV-22 is the Special Operation Forces variant of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey. The first two test aircraft were delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, California in September 2000. The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico began CV-22 aircrew training with the first two production aircraft in August 2006.

The first operational CV-22 was delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command in January 2007. Initial operational capability was achieved in 2009. A total of 54 CV-22 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2021.

General characteristicsPrimary function: Special operations forces long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply

Builders: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Amarillo, Texas; Boeing Company, Defense and Space Group, Helicopter Division, Philadelphia

Deployment date: 2006

Propulsion: Two Rolls-Royce Liberty AE1107C enginesT

hrust: more than 6,200 shaft horsepower per engine

Length: 57’ 4”

Height: 22’ 1”

Wingspan: 83’ 10”

Weight: maximum gross 60,500 pounds (self-deployment); 57,000 pounds (STOL); 52,600 (VTOL)

Speed: maximum 280 knots

Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters)Range: combat radius of 500 nautical miles with one internal auxiliary fuel tank

Crew: four (pilot, copilot and two flight engineers)

Program of Record: 54 aircraft for the Air Force

Rotor diameter: 38 feet

Armament: one .50-caliber machine gun on ramp

Payload: 24 personnel (seated), 32 personnel (floor loaded) or 10,000 pounds of cargo

Unit cost: $90 million

 

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