Os­prey fleet reaches mile­stone

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

Bell He­li­copter an­nounced that the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Bell Boe­ing V-22 fleet of tiltro­tor air­craft has re­cently passed the 2,50,000 flight hour mile­stone. The V-22 Os­prey has been con­tin­u­ously de­ployed since en­ter­ing ser­vice in 2007 with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the Air Force Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand (AFSOC). The air­craft has seen ex­ten­sive ac­tion in Afghanistan as part of Op­er­a­tion En­dur­ing Free­dom, in Iraq as part of Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom, and as part of a US Cen­tral Com­mand (USCENTCOM) Spe­cial Marine Air Ground Task Force (SP-MAGTF) sup­port­ing a long-range rapid re­ac­tion/ cri­sis re­sponse force cov­er­ing the Mediter­ranean and parts of the African con­ti­nent.

Since en­ter­ing ser­vice the V-22 tiltro­tor has been de­ployed in nu­mer­ous mis­sions around the world, in­clud­ing Ca­su­alty Evac­u­a­tion, Tac­ti­cal Re­cov­ery of Air­craft and Per­son­nel, Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance/Dis­as­ter Re­lief, re­sup­ply, VIP trans­port, and theater se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion. It is one of the safest ro­tor­craft air­craft op­er­ated by the United States Marine Corps.

“This 2,50,000 flight hour land­mark is an in­cred­i­ble tes­ta­ment to the V-22’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­sign and is a trib­ute to the men and women of Bell He­li­copter who build and support tiltro­tor air­craft,” said Mitch Sny­der, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Mil­i­tary Pro­grams at Bell He­li­copter. “The Os­prey is de­signed to al­low op­er­a­tors to en­gage this rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nol­ogy on a wide range of dif­fer­ent mis­sions. It comes in fast, ex­e­cutes re­sup­ply or support, and then takes off and ex­its quickly. The unique flight en­ve­lope helps the Marines and AFSOC do things which are not be pos­si­ble with any other air­craft.”

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