Primary function: Amphibious assault transport of troops, equipment and supplies from assault ships and land bases.
Manufacturer: Bell Boeing
Description: The V-22 Osprey is a multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tilt-rotor aircraft designed for combat, combat support, combat service support, and Special Operations missions worldwide. It will replace the Corps’ aged fleet of CH-46E and CH-53D medium lift helicopters.
Unit Replacement Cost: Unit Cost (FY05 $ TY Unit Recurring Flyaway Costs): $71.3M
Mission: Marine Corps Assault Support
Variants: The CV-22 will be utilized by the Air Force and SOCOM for Special Operations missions maintaining maximum commonality with the MV-22. Aircraft avionics peculiar to Air Force/SOCOM unique mission requirements constitute primary aircraft differences. The Navy will use the HV-22 for Combat Search and Rescue and fleet logistics support.
Deployed: The MV-22 will be transitioned to all Marine Corps medium lift active duty and reserve tactical squadrons, the medium lift training squadron (FRS), and the executive support squadron (HMX). They will deploy as required in a similar manner that current medium lift units are deployed. To date, MV-22s have deployed in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, MV-22 squadrons have logged in more than 9,000 flight hours over 5,400 sorties with 41,866 passengers and carried 2.16 million pounds of cargo.