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Section - B.2. Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey

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The tilt-rotor programme began with Bell's XV-15 technology demonstrator.
A tilt-rotor multimission aircraft was commissioned under the title JVX
(Joint VTOL X); the aircraft, developed jointly by Bell Helicopter Textron
and Boeing Vertol, was later designated V-22 Osprey.  The first prototype
flew on 19 March 1989; development has been interrupted by the destruction
of two of the prototypes in crashes.

Despite attempts by the US Secretary of Defence to have the programme
halted in favour of conventional helicopters and transport aircraft, the
Osprey has survived several rounds of budget cutting, thanks mainly to
lobbying by the US Marine Corps.  The first production aircraft is expected
to fly in December 1996.

Current production plans consist of 552 MV-22A assault transports for the
USMC, 50 HV-22A combat rescue aircraft for the US Navy, and 55 CV-22A
special mission transports for the Special Operations Forces.  The US
Army's original requirement for 251 of the transport version has been
deferred, but not irrevocably cancelled.  Japan is expected to order four
search and rescue aircraft, and is considering the V-22 for the
anti-submarine role.

Vital statistics (MV-22A):  length 19.09 m, span 14.36 m, empty weight
14463 kg, max weight 27442 kg, max speed 556 km/h, range 3892 km, payload
9072 kg; power plant:  two 4586 kW Allison T406-AD-400 turboshafts.

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