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MV-22 Osprey

Artist conception of MV-22 Osprey as Marine One
(Photo courtesy of James Roy)

Bell/Boeing CV-22A Osprey
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Primary Function:
Multi-Role Assualt and Loigistic V/STOL Tilt-Rotor Transport
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc./ Boeing Helicopters
12 troops or 2,880-lbs internal cargo
Proprotor Diameter:
38 feet 0 inches (each)
Overall Width:
84 feet 6.8 inches with proprotors turning
Fuselage Length:
57 feet 4 inches (less probe)
17 feet 4 inches
Proprotor Disc Area:
2,268.23 square feet (total)
Wing Area:
382.0 square feet
Empty Weight:
Normal T-O Weight:
47,500-lbs. for VTO; 55,000-lgs for STO
Maximum T-O Weight:
No. Engines:
Engine Manufacturer:
Engine Designation:
T406-AD-400 turboshafts
Engine Power:
6,150-shp each
Maximum Cruising Speed:
361-mph in aeroplane mode at optimum altitude
Maximum Cruising Speed:
115-mph in helicopter mode at sea level
Operational Ceiling:
1,382-miles after VTO with 12,000-lb payload: 2,075-miles after STO with 20,000-lb payload
Fixed Armament:
The Air Force Special Operations Forces/United States Special Operations Command mission is the most stringent mission of the V-22 variants due to the anticipated extended exposure to a high threat environment. The CV-22 variant will travel 500 nautical miles at or below 500 feet above ground level, locate a small landing zone, infiltrate and exfiltrate a team of 18 special operations forces, and return to base. This must be done covertly, at night and in adverse weather. The CV-22 will have enhanced survivability by virtue of the electronic warfare suite specific to the SOF mission as well as meeting the survivability standards identified for the basic MV-22 weapons system.

The CV-22 maintains maximum commonality with the MV-22 baseline design. However, several significant differences in equipment tailors the V-22 for the special operations mission.
The Encyclopedia of Modern Warplanes

Bill Gunston, Barnes & Noble Books, New York, 1995, ISBN 1-56619-908-5

Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1995-96

Paul Jackson, Jane's Information Group Limited, Coulsdon, Surrey, England, UK, 1995, ISBN 0-7106-1262-1

Mfr: The Boeing Co., Vertol Div., Morton, Pa., and Bell Helicopter Textron, Amarillo, Texas
Wingspan: 14.17 m (25.78 over rotors)
Length: 17.48 m
Height: 6.73 m (5.28 folded)
Weight: 15,821 kg empty/24,948 kg max. (21,500 for vertical take-off)
Speed: 340 kts (275 cruise)
Engines: 2 Allison T406-AD-400 turboshafts (6,150 shp each sust.)
Ceiling: 32,000 ft.
Range: 1,200 n.m. at 275 kts with 1,814 kg cargo; 2,100 n.m. max. unrefueled ferry