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CV-22 Osprey

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Tyler Placie)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. Tyler Placie)

Soldiers with the 19th Special Operations Group practice fast-roping out of a CV-22 Osprey in preparation for a routine training operation at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Nov. 4, 2015. Ultimate Archer was a task force exercise that put Air Commandos in an unfamiliar environment to practice deployed operations. The six-day exercise gave Hurlburt Airmen a chance to work with units outside of the 1st Special Operations Wing including the 388th Fighter Wing and the 19th SOG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kai White)

Soldiers with the 19th Special Operations Group practice fast-roping out of a CV-22 Osprey in preparation for a routine training operation at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Nov. 4, 2015. Ultimate Archer was a task force exercise that put Air Commandos in an unfamiliar environment to practice deployed operations. The six-day exercise gave Hurlburt Airmen a chance to work with units outside of the 1st Special Operations Wing including the 388th Fighter Wing and the 19th SOG. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kai White)

CV22

CV22

Mission
The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.

Features
This versatile, self-deployable aircraft offers increased speed and range over other rotary-wing aircraft, enabling Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews to execute long-range special operations missions. The CV-22 can perform missions that normally would require both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The CV-22 takes off vertically and, once airborne, the nacelles (engine and prop-rotor group) on each wing can rotate into a forward position. 

The CV-22 is equipped with integrated threat countermeasures, terrain-following radar, forward-looking infrared sensor and other advanced avionics systems that allow it to operate at low altitude in adverse weather conditions and medium- to high-threat environments. 

Background
The CV-22 is the Special Operation Forces variant of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey. The first two test aircraft were delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in September 2000. The 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland AFB, N.M., began CV-22 aircrew training with the first two production aircraft in August 2006. 

The first operational CV-22 was delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command in January 2007. Initial operational capability was achieved in 2009. A total of 51 CV-22 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019.

General characteristics
Primary function: special operations forces long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply 
Power plant: two Rolls Royce-Allison AE1107C turbo shaft engines
Thrust: more than 6,200 shaft horsepower per engine
Wingspan: 84 feet 7 inches (25.8 meters)
Length: 57 feet 4 inches (17.4 meters)
Height: 22 feet 1 inch (6.73 meters)
Rotary diameter: 38 feet (11.6 meters)
Speed: 277 mph (241 knots) (cruising speed)
Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters)
Maximum vertical takeoff weight: 52,870 pounds (23,982 kilograms)
Maximum rolling takeoff weight: 60,500 pounds (27,443 kilograms)
Armament: one .50 Cal Machine gun on ramp
Range: combat radius of 500 nautical miles with one internal auxiliary fuel tank 
Payload: 24 troops (seated), 32 troops (floor loaded) or 10,000 pounds of cargo 
Crew: four (pilot, copilot and two flight engineers)
Builders: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Amarillo, Texas; Boeing Company, Defense and Space Group, Helicopter Division, Philadelphia
Deployment date: 2006 
Unit cost: $90 million
Inventory: active duty, 46; reserve, 0; ANG, 0


(Current as of January 2016)


Point of contact:
AFSOC Public Affairs, AFSOC.PA.ORG@us.af.mil, (850) 884-5515


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