This website uses cookies to manage authentication, navigation, and other functions. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

U.S. Navy Orders Long-Lead Components for 6 CMV-22B Osprey From Bell Boeing

Naval Forces News - USA
U.S. Navy Orders Long-Lead Components for 6 CMV-22B Osprey From Bell Boeing
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $15,674,000 advance acquisition contract for long-lead components for the manufacture and delivery of six Lot 22 CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the U.S. Navy. The CMV-22B is the Carrier Onboard Delivery (commonly referred to as COD) of the V-22 Osprey.
V 22 Carrier Onboard Delivery 1Artist impression showing a US Navy CMV-22B in a COD mission. Image: Bell
The main mission of the COD platform is to provide the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander with time-critical, long-range aerial logistics support by transporting personnel, mail and priority cargo from advance bases to the sea base. The CMV-22B will be the same as the MV-22B with three additions. It will include an extended-range fuel system, a high-frequency radio and a public address system.

The Osprey secondary Navy missions shouldl include:
- Personnel recovery (including SAR)
- Special warfare (with US Navy Seals)
V 22 Carrier Onboard Delivery 2CMV-22B Osprey model in US Navy colors on display at the Bell booth during Sea Air Space 2015
The CMV-22B should have larger external sponsons to fit more fuel inside. This would be the only physical difference with legacy V-22.

Currently, the U.S. Navy has planned for a total of 44 CMV-22B aircraft to be purchased. Production is expected to begin in fiscal 2018 and deliveries of the aircraft will begin in 2020.