V-22 Osprey in Fleet Battle Experiment
The US Navy has conducted a Fleet Battle Experiment for its future variant CMV-22B Osprey multi-mission, tilt-rotor military aircraft, it announced on 3 August.
The experiment ran from 22 July to 4 August 2016, and analysed and documented the characteristics of operating a detachment of CMV-22B Ospreys. It was conducted in preparation for replacing the C-2A Greyhound cargo aircraft with the MV-22 as the navy's new carrier onboard delivery (COD) platform for its carrier strike groups.
According to the navy, the experiment aimed to set the tactics, procedures and techniques for the CMV-22B Ospreys to accomplish the COD role during fleet operations. The US Marine Corps (USMC) provided its aircraft, maintainers and aircrew from the Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) and Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) for the experiment.
Under this experiment the USMC's MV-22s replicated the capabilities of the future variant CMV-22B Ospreys.
VAdm Mike Shoemaker, commander, naval air forces, said: 'Deliberate planning is required to safely and successfully integrate the CMV-22B into our future air wings. The analysis and conclusions from this experiment will inform future concept-of-operations development.'
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