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Rolls-Royce to provide engines for MV-22 and CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft


According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on January 29, 2021, Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $72,874,164 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00019-17-C-0081. This modification exercises an option to procure 33 production AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines; 14 for the Marine Corps and 19 for the Navy for production of MV-22 and CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Lorenzo Moreno, assigned to the transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), signals to a CMV-22B Osprey, attached to the Blackjacks of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two One (HX-21), on the flight deck aboard New York, July 18, 2020. (Picture source U.S. DoD)


The MV-22 is the U.S. Marine Corps version of the V-22 an American-made multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities designed and manufactured by the company Bell Boeing.

The Bell Boeing tiltrotor aircraft is in services with the U.S. armed forces in four configurations including the standard configuration V-22 Osprey, the MV-22 in service with the U.S. Marines as Combat Assault and Assault Support, the CV-22 for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and the CMV-22B, the U.S. Navy’s long-range/medium-lift element of the intra-theater aerial logistics capability

The MV-22 is the U.S. Marine Corps version of the V-22 which is used as an assault transport for troops, equipment and supplies, capable of operating from ships or expeditionary airfields ashore. It replaced the Marine Corps' CH-46E and CH-53D fleets.

The MV-22 is powered by two Rolls Royce-Allison AE1107C turboshaft. It can reach a top speed of 227 mph with a maximum cruising range of 500 nautical miles. The tiltrotor can carry a total of 24 soldiers and has a crew of four including one pilot, one co-pilot and two flight engineers.

The CMV-22 is the naval version of the V-22 which is in service with the U.S. Navy and used for transportation of special warfare teams, mail and cargo from shore to its aircraft carriers, as well as for shore or sea-based combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) missions.