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MV-22B Osprey

The MV-22B is a tilt-rotor aircraft operated by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) that exhibits flight characteristics of both a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft.

MV-22B Osprey
A MV-22B Osprey with rotors tilted in forward-flight configuration.

The USMC uses the MV-22B as an amphibious troop and cargo transport. It can operate from Navy ships and fills a role similar to the CH-46E and CH-53D medium-lift helicopters that it is replacing.

The revolutionary tilt-rotor design of the MV-22B means that the aircraft can perform vertical and very-short take off and landings then transition to a forward flight configuration at a speed comparable to a C-130 aircraft. The MV-22B features a retractable refueling probe for mid-air refueling.

The MV-22B can carry up to 24 fully-laden Marines or 12 litters.

MV-22B Osprey Specifications

Mv-22B Osprey lifting howitzer
An MV-22B carrying a M-777 howitzer as an under slung load. The aircraft can lift up to 15,000lbs on its dual cargo hooks.
Crew Pilot, Co-pilot + 2 Crew Chiefs
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
Ceiling 25,00 feet
Range 750 NM / 1800 NM (with auxiliary fuel tanks)
Armament 1 x M240 machine gun mounted on tail ramp
Avionics Digital glass cockpit
APR-39B radar warning receiver
ALQ-157 Infrared Jammer
ALE-47 Chaff and Flare Dispenser
AAR-47 Missile Warning System
GPS / Inertial Navigation System
Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)


Mv-22 cockpit
The MV-22B features an advanced glass cockpit with 2 Multi Function Displays per pilot with a shared central display.
MV-22B rear ramp
The MV-22B has a hydraulic rear ramp for loading/off-loading troops and stores.
MV-22B FEATURES
  • tilt-rotor design
  • rescue hoist capable of lifting 600lbs
  • FLIR sensor
  • folding rotors for stowing on ships
  • capable of in-flight refueling from tankers
  • able to carry heavy under-slung loads
  • defensive countermeasures

MV-22 Osprey rear door gunner
Unlike the unarmed USAF CV-22 Osprey, the USMC MV-22B is armed with a M240 machine gun attached to a collapsible mount on the tail ramp.
U.S. Dod photo by Cpl. Sheila M. Brooks

MV-22B Osprey helicopters
3 MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), land at an airport in Jordan.
U.S. Dod photo by Cpl. George J. Papastrat

MV-22B resources :
MV-22B PHOTOS :
MV-22B Ospreymv-22 - carrier landing
(click thumbnails for fullsize images)
photo gallery : CV-22 / MV-22 Ospreys
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