Ma­rine Wing Com­man­der en­dorses aerial re­fu­elling mis­sion for V-22 Osprey

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Bell He­li­copter-Boe­ing Co. pro­posal to use the V-22 Osprey tilt-ro­tor air­craft as a re­fu­elling tanker has the en­dorse­ment of one of the Ma­rine Corp’s wing com­man­ders, and at least one of his higher-ups.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Steven Busby, com­mand­ing gen­eral of the third Ma­rine air­craft wing at Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion Mi­ra­mar, Cal­i­for­nia, said Novem­ber 20 at the Mil­com con­fer­ence that he would wel­come hav­ing some of the ser­vice’s MV-22 vari­ants serve in that ca­pac­ity.

“Hav­ing a tanker ver­sion of the MV-22 com­ing off an am­phibi­ous plat­form is go­ing to be able to ex­tend the range of the Joint Strike Fighter be­yond what we cur­rently have with the F-35B and is go­ing to be able to pro­vide po­ten­tial re­fu­el­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties maybe for the CH-53,” he said.

The Bell-Boe­ing con­sor­tium that man­u­fac­tur­ers the tilt-ro­tor V-22 Osprey suc­cess­fully demon­strated the air­craft’s abil­ity to be used as an aerial re­fu­elling tanker last sum­mer, us­ing their own re­search-and-de­vel­op­ment dol­lars.

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