Completing two successful deployments with the U.S. Navy, the CMV-22B Osprey — a version of the V-22 tiltrotor flown by the Navy — is showing its worth. That’s what Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Naval Air Forces (NAVAIR) and Naval Air Force, told The National Interest, an online international affairs magazine.
Why it matters: The CMV-22 brings the critical range and capabilities the Navy needs to complete its missions.
- Per Whitesell, with “longer ranges, distances between multi-carrier operations, distances from land-based areas, and the ability for the CMV-22B to plop down on unimproved spaces, it proved to be a game-changer for us on deployment.”
- And with its “helicopter-like landing” ability on aircraft carriers day or night, the Osprey is “an asset to rapid landing, unloading, reloading and takeoff procedures,” the article states.
What’s next: The CMV-22 is ready for additional deployments later this year.
Go deeper: Read the full article here.
By Quinn Marciano