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    NEWS | Bell CMV-22B Osprey in US Navy

    First Flight of Navy COD CMV-22B Osprey

    The Bell/Boeing CMV-22B Osprey completed its first flight at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas. The CMV-22B is the new Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft for the US Navy to replace the C-2A Greyhound in the transport mission between shore bases and aircraft carriers. HX-21 squadron will conduct test flight program.


    First Flight of Navy COD CMV-22B Osprey

    Boeing, January 21, 2020 - AMARILLO, Texas — The first CMV-22B Osprey, built by Boeing and Bell Textron Inc, a Textron Inc company, completed first flight operations at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center.

    The CMV-22B is the latest variant of the tiltrotor fleet, joining the MV-22 and CV-22 used by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.

    The U.S. Navy will use the CMV-22B to replace the C-2A Greyhound for transporting personnel, mail, supplies and high-priority cargo from shore bases to aircraft carriers at sea.

    Bell Boeing designed the Navy variant specifically for carrier fleet operations by providing increased fuel capacity for the extended range requirement.

    The mission flexibility of the Osprey will increase operational capabilities and readiness, in addition to ferrying major components of the F-35 engine.

    “With the ability to travel up to 1,150 nautical miles, the CMV-22B will be a lifeline for our servicemen and women out at sea,” said Kristin Houston, vice president, Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and director, Bell Boeing V-22 Program. “The quality and safety built into this aircraft will revolutionize the way the U.S. Navy fulfills its critical carrier onboard delivery mission.”

    Bell Boeing will deliver the first CMV-22B to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 in early 2020 for developmental test.

    Aircraft mentioned in this article :
    Bell CMV-22B Osprey 169435     ( US Navy )

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