Bell Boeing, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, and Boeing, was awarded a U.S. Navy contract for five Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to be delivered to Japan, marking the first sale of the aircraft through the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The contract for the Block C aircraft (the first five of up to 17 MV-22 Ospreys) includes support, training, and equipment. The versatile V-22 tiltrotor will allow Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force greatly enhanced capabilities, while providing an ideal platform for relief efforts in response to natural disasters.
«The Bell Boeing team is honored to have Japan as the first international customer for the V-22 tiltrotor», said Mitch Snyder, executive vice president of Military Business for Bell Helicopter. «The distinct performance envelope of the V-22 will provide Japan with an ideal solution when the need arises. When assets are required on-target in a location without an airstrip, the self-deployable Osprey provides customers with an unrivaled combination of speed, range, and payload to execute a variety of missions».
The V-22 is currently in service with the United States Marine Corps (MV-22) and the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (СМ-22). This year, the United States Navy announced their decision to procure 44 V-22 aircraft.
«This is an important day for the Bell Boeing team in Japan and for the U.S.-Japan Alliance», said Shelley Lavender, president of Boeing Military Aircraft. «The V-22 redefines what’s operationally possible for a country, and we’re looking forward to delivering this capability to Japan as we continue our enduring partnership there».
The Osprey’s mission capabilities include troop transport, disaster relief, personnel recovery, medical evacuation, logistics support, and executive transport.
|Length||Fuselage: 57.3 feet/17.46 m|
|Stowed: 63.0 feet/19.20 m|
|Width||Rotors turning: 84.6 feet/25.78 m|
|Stowed: 18.4 feet/5.61 m|
|Height||Nacelles vertical: 22.1 feet/6.73 m|
|Stabilizer: 17.9 feet/5.46 m|
|Rotor Diameter||38.1 feet/11.6 m|
|Performance @ 47,000 lbs/21,318.8 kg|
|Maximum Cruise Speed, Sea Level (SL)||270 knots/311 mph/500 km/h|
|Maximum Rate of Climb (RC), A/P mode SL||4,100 feet per minute/1,250 m/min|
|Service Ceiling, ISA*||24,000 feet/7,315 m|
|OEI** Service Ceiling, ISA*||9,500 feet/2,896 m|
|HOGE*** Ceiling, ISA*||5,700 feet/1,737 m|
|Mission Radius||428 NM/492 miles/793 km – MV-22 Block C with 24 troops, ramp mounted weapon system, SL STD, 20 min loiter time|
|Take-Off, Vertical, Maximum||52,600 lbs/23,859 kg|
|Take-Off, Short, Maximum||57,000 lbs/25,855 kg|
|Take-Off, Self-Deploy||60,500 lbs/27,443 kg|
|Cargo Hook, Single||10,000 lbs/4,536 kg|
|Cargo Hook, Dual Capability||12,500 lbs/5,670 kg|
|MV-22||1,721 Gal/6,513 L|
|CV-22||2025 Gal/7,667 L|
|Model||AE1107C (Rolls-Royce Liberty)|
|AEO**** VTOL***** normal power||6,150 shp/4,586 kW|
|Cockpit – crew seats||2 MV-22/3 CV-22|
|Cabin – crew seat/troop seats||1/24|
* International Standard Atmosphere
** One Engine Inoperative
*** Hover Ceiling Out of Ground Effect
**** All Engines Operating
***** Vertical Take-Off and Landing
The Air Force Special Operations Command acquired 50 CV-22 variants, with enhanced capabilities tailored for their unique mission requirements. The CV-22 reached initial operational capability in 2009, while the Marines’ variant deployed in late 2007