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CV-22 Osprey

The CV-22 Osprey is a modified variant of the USMC MV-22B used by USAF Special Operations Squadrons for insertion / extraction and re supply of special operations forces such as Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs.

Cv-22 Osprey
A CV-22 Osprey with rotors in vertical-flight configuration

The Osprey features a unique tilt-rotor design which enables it to take off and land vertically like a helicopter but also fly at speeds comparable to fixed-wing aircraft. This capability is ideal for supporting special operations when the need to infil and exfil at high speed is paramount.

The main difference between the USAF CV-22 and its Marines Corps cousin, the MV-22B, is the more sophisticated avionics found on the CV-22. With its special operations role, the CV-22 carries a number of navigation, threat detection and countermeasures gear to enable it to infiltrate and survive in enemy airspace.

The CV-22 can carry up to 24 special operations personnel or up to 10,000lbs of cargo.

CV-22 Osprey Specifications

CV-22 Osprey - hoist
A pair of US Navy SEALs are hoisted up to a CV-22. The Osprey's hoist can lift up to 600lbs.
Crew Pilot, Co-pilot + 2 Flight Engineers
Engines 2× Rolls-Royce Allison Rolls-Royce T406 (AE 1107C-Liberty) turboshafts, 6,150 hp (4,590 kW) each
Dimensions L - 17.5m
W (wingspan) - 25.8m
H - 5.5m
Weights 15,032 kg (empty)
27,400 kg (max takeoff)
Max Speed 509 kph / 240 knots
Range 2100 NM (with auxiliary fuel tanks)
Armament none
Avionics Sensors:
   AN/APQ-174D Multi-Mode Radar
   Radar Altimeter
   Survivor Locator (SL)
   AVR-2A Laser Warning Receiver
   Integrated Navigation Suite:
      (Global Positioning System (GPS)
      Triply redundant inertial navigation system (INS)
   Multi-Mission Advanced Tactical Terminal (MATT)
   Enhanced Digital Map
   4x DCS 2000 Radios:
      (VHF FM/AM, UHF, SATCOM, crypto, secure voice)
Aircraft management:
   Glass cockpit
   4 MFD color displays
   Two Control Display Units (CDU) with keyboard
   Engine Instrument Crew Alerting System (EICAS)
Defensive Systems:
   AN/ALQ-211 RF Countermeasures
    (radar jamming and warning)
   AAQ-24 Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM)    system
   AN/ALE-47 Chaff/Flare Dispenser

CV-22 - refueling mid-air
The CV-22 features a probe that allows for in-flight refueling from tankers such as the AFSOC MC-130P.
CV-22 rear ramp
A soldier drives an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) of the type used by Special Forces down the rear ramp of a CV-22.
  • tilt-rotor design
  • rescue hoist capable of lifting 600lbs
  • FLIR sensor
  • mid-air refueling capability
  • night vision compatible glass cockpit featuring multi-function displays (MFDs)
  • defensive countermeasures
  • encrypted communications
  • integrated navigation suite

CV-22 Osprey with MH-53 Pavelow
A USAF CV-22 Osprey flies with a MH-53 Pavelow helicopter. The Osprey has replaced the MH-53 Pavelow within Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and its Special Operations Squadrons. Unlike the MH-53, or the USMC MV-22B, the USAF CV-22 is not currently armed. There are plans, however, to fit the aircraft with some sort of gun pod or turret in the near future.
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter

CV-22 OSPREY resources :
CV-22 Ospreycv-22 - flightline
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photo gallery : CV-22 / MV-22 Ospreys
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