Demand Pushes Record Usage in US and Japanese Fleets
The Bell Boeing V-22 OSPREY has logged more than 600,000 flight hours, maintaining mission readiness and transporting critical cargo and personnel, the company announced on 24 March.
The V-22 fleet has grown to over 400 aircraft in the US Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy and the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force. It is the only military production tiltrotor aircraft in the world, with its speed, range, manoeuvrability and logistical capability making it an extremely versatile and cost-effective solution for operators. “There is no other aircraft in the world capable of matching the unique capabilities of the OSPREY,” said Kurt Fuller, Bell V-22 VP and Bell Boeing Program Director. “The 600,000 flight hours represent countless tactical, logistical and humanitarian assistance missions, and the dedication of the men and women who maintain and operate the aircraft every day to keep it an advanced aircraft.”
Bell Boeing directly supports V-22 readiness by providing comprehensive global services, including maintenance support, training, on-site field representatives, data analytics and new and repaired parts. For example, US Naval Air Systems Command recently awarded Bell Boeing a contract to deliver and install kits for nacelle improvements and the conversion area harness onto the CV-22 aircraft for the Air Force. The programme refines the design of the nacelles and wiring harnesses for better reliability and maintainability, ultimately reducing repair time and improving readiness.
“Each V-22 flight hour is the product of a team effort,” commented Col Matthew Kelly, V-22 Joint Program Office Program Manager. “Enabled by pilots, maintainers, testers, engineers, the program workforce and our industry partners who, together, ensure safe and effective V-22 operation.”
“From its first flight over 30 years ago to achieving this significant flight hour milestone, the V-22 has a demonstrated legacy of mission success,” observed Shane Openshaw, Boeing V-22 VP and Bell Boeing V-22 Deputy Program Director. “As we look at optimizing future sustainment and support, our customer partnerships and commitment to innovation, flexibility and agility will ensure we build on the aircraft’s ability to support whatever the mission demands.”