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USN orders four Osprey cargo variants
The USN is buying four CMV-22B versions of the Osprey tiltrotor aircraft from Bell-Boeing, under a $309.58 million contract modification from Naval Air Systems Command.
Deliveries will be completed by March 2025, the DoD announced on 26 February.
The USN plans to acquire 44 CMV-22Bs for the Carrier Onboard Delivery role, as replacements for the C-2A Greyhound, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
MV-22B will be used to transport personnel, mail, supplies and high-priority cargo from shore bases to aircraft carriers at sea. It will be capable of transporting up to 6,000lb (2,720kg) of cargo and/or personnel over a 1,150nmi range.
The CMV-22B is similar to the MV-22B operated by the USMC, albeit with an extended-range fuel system, BLoS HF radio, public address system and an improved lighting system for cargo loading.
The aircraft will also be capable of internally transporting the F-35C Lightning II engine power module.
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