Tag Archives: Osprey

Navy Buys First V-22 CODs as Part of $4.2B Award to Bell-Boeing

Navy Buys First V-22 CODs as Part of $4.2B Award to Bell-Boeing

Artist’s concept of CVM-22s in flight. Bell-Boeing Image

Due to incorrect information in a press release, this post has been updated to reflect the correct number of Marine Corps V-22B Osprey aircraft that was awarded in a June 29 contract modification to Bell-Boeing. The Marine Corps will be getting 14 MV-22B aircraft instead of 34 and a total of 58 Ospreys are included in the contract modification. 

The U.S. Navy bought its first CMV-22 Ospreys for use as carrier onboard delivery aircraft as part of a $4.2 billion contract modification announced by the Pentagon last week.

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Navy Transition from C-2A to CMV-22B Will Span 2020 to 2026; Location of Training Squadron Undecided

Navy Transition from C-2A to CMV-22B Will Span 2020 to 2026; Location of Training Squadron Undecided

A C-2A Greyhound assigned to the Rawhides of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) on Jan. 31, 2016. US Navy photo.

The Navy will begin taking steps to replace 27 C-2A Greyhound aircraft with 38 CMV-22B Osprey aircraft this year and is considering whether to locate the Fleet Replacement Squadron that will train all Navy Osprey pilots in Virginia or California, according to a draft environmental assessment released by the Navy on Wednesday. Read More

NAVAIR Kicking off V-22 Osprey Modernization Drive to Improve Commonality

NAVAIR Kicking off V-22 Osprey Modernization Drive to Improve Commonality

An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365), lands on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on Oct. 26, 2017. US Navy Photo

Naval Air Systems Command has begun its effort to reduce the Marine Corps’ fleet of MV-22 Ospreys from more than 70 distinct variants to about five, after awarding the Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office $57 million to get started on the Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) program. Read More

Marine Corps Identifies 3 Marines Killed in Saturday MV-22 Osprey Crash

Marine Corps Identifies 3 Marines Killed in Saturday MV-22 Osprey Crash

An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the “Dragons” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on July 20, 2017, during Talisman Saber 17. US Navy photo.

The Marine Corps identified the three Marines still missing and declared deceased after Saturday’s MV-22 Osprey crash off the coast of Australia. Two Marines were Osprey aircrewmen from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265), and the third was a passenger on the aircraft. Read More

Marines Seek to Arm MV-22 Osprey, Improve Harvest Hawk System

Marines Seek to Arm MV-22 Osprey, Improve Harvest Hawk System

An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365), lands on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on Oct. 26, 2017. US Navy Photo

An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (VMM-365), lands on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on Oct. 26, 2017. US Navy Photo

THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps continues to pursue lethality upgrades to its new aircraft, even as the service is still in the midst of recapitalizing its tactical aviation platforms, the deputy commandant for aviation told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon: $11B In Modernization Cut From FY2017 Request To Comply With Budget Agreement

Pentagon: $11B In Modernization Cut From FY2017 Request To Comply With Budget Agreement

Among the last-minute cuts made in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request were four service life extension programs for LCACs, above, and 77 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to replace the Humvee, also above. US Navy photo.

Among the last-minute cuts made in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request were four service life extension programs for LCACs, above, and 77 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles to replace the Humvee, also above. US Navy photo.

The Defense Department made cuts from several big acquisition programs out of necessity, with a pair of decisions affecting the Pentagon’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request coming in the months and weeks before the request was due, the DoD comptroller told reporters on Tuesday. Read More

Marines Testing Operating from Foreign Ships, Near-Forgotten Platforms to Bring Units Back to Sea

Marines Testing Operating from Foreign Ships, Near-Forgotten Platforms to Bring Units Back to Sea

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, Reinforced, approaches the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) to transport an AV-8B Harrier jet engine to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during a replenishment-at-sea in October 2014. US Navy photo.

An MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, Reinforced, approaches the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) to transport an AV-8B Harrier jet engine to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during a replenishment-at-sea in October 2014. US Navy photo.

The Marine Corps is experimenting with the interoperability of its Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs) with various non-traditional platforms, including rarely-used 1980s logistics ships and foreign navies’ amphibious ships, to help get its land-based units back out to sea. Read More