The US Marine Corps will start training with tilted fan aircraft in 2023

The MV-22 Osprey’s mission for the U.S. Marine Corps is the transportation of troops, equipment, and supplies from ships and land bases for combat assault and assault support.


The MV-22B Osprey is a V/STOL tiltrotor designed to replace the medium lift for the CH-46E Sea Knight attack support helicopter. The Osprey can operate as a helicopter or propeller plane and offers twice the speed, six times the range and three times the payload of the CH-46E.

MV-22B Osprey

The Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the MV-22B was announced in June 2007. Osprey had three successful combat deployments in Iraq between October 2007 and April 2009 with the VMM-263 , VMM-162 and VMM-266 respectively.

VMM-263 began its first MV-22 deployment with the Bataan Readiness Group in May 2009 as part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). And will continue to be deployed next year.

MV-22B Osprey

On March 28, 2008, NAVAIR awarded a five-year, $10.3 billion contract to Bell-Boeing to purchase 141 MV-22 Ospreys for the Marines and 26 CV-22 Ospreys for the Department of Defense Air Force Special Operations Command.

This is the first multi-year procurement contract for the Osprey program, including purchases during the 2008-12 financial year. The deal saves taxpayers $427 million and reduces risk for the government by establishing a cost cap.


MV-22B Osprey

On June 12, 2013, the Navy signed a second multi-year procurement contract (MYPII) with Bell Boeing for the production of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. This multi-year contract purchases 100 V-22s during FY13-FY17 with 93 MV-22s for the Marines and 7 CV-22s for the Air Force. The total contract value is close to $6.4 billion, and approximately $1 billion in savings is expected over the life of the project.

MV-22B Osprey

This fixed-price-incentive-fee multi-year contract provides program stability, supporting the needs of both services to exploit new and better capabilities, and, in the case of Marines, get rid of old aircraft.


Primary Function: Medium-lift assault support

Contractor: Bell-Boeing

Date Deployed: 2007

Propulsion: Two Rolls-Royce Liberty AE1107C engines, each deliver 6,200 shaft horsepower

Length: 57’ 4”

Height: 22’ 1”

Wingspan: 83’ 10”

Weight: maximum gross 60,500 pounds (self-deployment); 57,000 pounds (STOL); 52,600 (VTOL)

Speed: maximum 280 knots

Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters)

Range: with 24 troops, 430+ nautical miles; 2,230nm for self-deploy with 3 MATs and single aerial refuel

Crew: 2 pilots, 1 crew chief

MV-22B Osprey


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