V22 Osprey – Hybrid Helicopter Aircraft of the Future

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V22 Osprey

Manufacturer: Boeing [NYSE: BA]

Obviously, getting troops to the battlefield as quickly as possible is a paramount concern for military planners. Choppers can carry many troops, but really can’t fly very far or fast. Planes can get troops there quickly, but where can you launch transport planes without a runway? Aircraft carriers are too small, nevermind the deck of an amphibious assault ship. Clearly, a solution is needed for high speed troop transport in a scenario of limited runway space. Necessity is the mother of all inventions, and respectively the Americans invented the V22 Osprey to fill this vital role. Employed by the United States Marine Corp, the V22 Osprey is the only tiltrotor aircraft in production by any nation’s armed forces. Combining the essential elements of the vertical take-off of a helicopter with the speed and mid-air refueling of a convential airplane, the V22 Osprey can get lots of troops to anywhere, and fast. The top speed of the Osprey stands at around 316 mph, where the closest helicopter comparison, the CH-47 Chinook transport, only reaches 196 mph. In support of a high speed amphibious invasion, this aircraft is intended to work alongside the Marine Corp’s new LCAC’s and EFVs, which will enable the US Marines to rush up to any shoreline with overwhelming force.

Check out this cool video of the V22 Osprey in action!

Posted by Andrew   @   20 February 2008 15 comments

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Aug 26, 2009
7:12 am
#1 Just :

Popular Mechanics released a magazine about the V-22’s downfalls. The fact that it’s a hybrid fix/rotary wing aircraft, it can’t do any one job particularly well. One thing that I remember is that when the V-22 dives while its rotars are pointed up like a helicopter, it falls much farther and faster than say, a blackhawk and the weight of it is iffy. I can see its job as a transport, but when trying to infiltrate or exfil a hot zone, eek.

I belive they cost around $30M also.

Oct 29, 2009
5:41 pm
#2 Joe Schmocateli :


Jun 11, 2010
3:44 pm
#3 Richard Wilson :

This is an amazing machine. However, it does not mention how many troops it can carry? or combination of troops and equipement. This would be good to know.

Aug 14, 2010
4:23 pm
#4 Sumar :

“The Widowmaker”

Aug 17, 2010
5:24 am
#5 ExRedux :

Hit hard, and hit fast. V-22 Osprey. :D

Jan 23, 2012
3:47 am
#6 Dallas :

This is another new weapon system that I don’t trust. Supposedly it’s done well in Afghanistan, but I’ve seen too many clips of some horrific wrecks with this thing. How will it hold up under real battle conditions, with 20 mm or heavier? I know you can say the same with regards to helos, but they have proven themselves. Also intensive use could be a problem. I can see the wings cracking like a paper clip that has been bent too much–yes, even composites will break down under too much real world stress. One might also ask–is the speed advantage worth the greater price? I have my doubts. I think better alternatives could have been found.

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