Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey

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Product Type:
Tilt-Rotor Vertical Takeoff
and Landing Aircraft

Using Service (US):

Program Status:
In Full Rate Production

Prime Contractor:
Bell Helicopter (Textron)
and The Boeing Co.

The V-22 Osprey

About the V-22 Osprey:

By Forecast International /// The following is a snapshot of the V-22 (CV-22 / MV-22) Osprey program. For complete data and a forecast outlook, please view our Rotorcraft Forecast


The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multi-role combat and transport aircraft utilizing tilt-rotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing turboprop aircraft. With its engine nacelles and rotors in vertical position, the V-22 Osprey can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. When airborne, the engine nacelles can be rotated, thus converting the V-22 to a turboprop fixed-wing aircraft capable of high-speed and high-altitude flight. This unique feature allows the Osprey to fill an operational niche.

The V-22 Osprey is powered by two Rolls-Royce T406/AE 1107C-Liberty turboshaft engines, each rated at 6,150 shp. The V-22 has graphite/fiberglass rotor blades and a composite/metal airframe. By structural weight, the V-22 is 40% composite.

The V-22 can carry 24 combat troops, or up to 20,000 pounds (9,070 kg) of internal cargo or 15,000 pounds (6,800 kg) of external cargo. For ease-of-transport, the rotors fold and the wing rotates to minimize the space needed for storage.

The Osprey comes in three main variants. The CV-22 is designed to support missions of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The MV-22 is designed to meet the amphibious/vertical assault needs of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), the strike rescue needs of the U.S. Navy and long-range special operations forces (SOF). The CMV-22B variant will replace the Navy's C-2A Greyhound Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft used for transporting personnel and cargo from shore to aircraft carriers. Compared to the MV-22, the CMV-22B has increased operational range, a beyond line-of-sight HF radio, improved fuel dump capability, a public address system for passengers, and an improved lighting system for cargo loading.

Together with the MH-60R Seahawk, the Osprey has replaced the Marine Corp's CH-46/HH-46 Sea Knight. The CV-22B was deployed in March 2006 and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in March 2009. The CV-22 replaced the MH-53 Pave Low, which was retired in September 2008.

In the production of the V-22 Osprey, Boeing Military Aircraft's Mobility Division is responsible for the fuselage, empennage, and all subsystems, digital avionics, and fly-by-wire flight-control systems. Bell Helicopter Textron provides the wing, transmissions, rotor systems, engine installation, and final assembly at its facility in Amarillo, Texas. MV-22B Block B and CV-22 Block 10 have the same propulsion system and share a 90% common airframe. The main differences are in the avionics systems.

Major V-22 subcontractors include BAE Systems (flight control system); General Dynamics (mission computer); Honeywell (Environmental Control System (ECS) and components, LWINS, VF generator, CDS, FDP, TCAS, SDC, IR suppressor, heat exchanger); Exelis (AN/ALQ-211(V)2 Countermeasures Set - CV-22 unique); Northrop Grumman (AN/AAQ-24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) system - CV-22 Only; AN/APR-39D(V)2 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) - MV-22 only); Raytheon (AN/AAQ-27A forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system - MV-22 only, MMR, AN/ASN-163 MAGR, mission planning, and maintenance system); Orbital ATK (AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System); BAE Systems (AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser System and AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System); Rockwell Collins AN/ARN-147(V) VOR/ILS/GS/MB Receiver and AN/ARN-153 Tactical Airborne Navigation (TACAN) System); Rolls-Royce (T406/AE 1107 Engines); Moog (flight control actuators and vibration suppression actuators); Triumph Group-Vought Aircraft (empennage and fiber placement skins); and Elbit Systems (AN/AVS-7 ANVIS/HUD (Aviator's Night Vision System/Head-Up Display) system - MV-22 only).

In November 2014, Japan decided to purchase a total of 17 MV-22B Block C Ospreys for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The first aircraft was delivered to Japan in August 2017. Furthermore, Israel has been contemplating an acquisition of V-22s for years.


The V-22 Osprey can be equipped with a 7.62 mm M240 machine gun or a .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine gun. Survivability issues in high-threat situations have created a need for better armament. Currently, CV-22 and MV-22 Ospreys are being retrofitted with the Interim Defensive Weapon System (IDWS) belly turret from BAE Systems housing a 3-barrel 7.62mm GAU-17 minigun.

V-22 Production Forecast:

A 15-year V-22 production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year V-22 production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Rotorcraft Forecast service.


The Navy/Marine Corps MV–22 performs combat assault and assault support missions, while the USSOCOM CV-22 is configured for terrain-following, low-level, high-speed flight for long range special operations.

FY 2021 & FY 2022 - CV-/CMV-/MV-22 DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company,
Raytheon, and Rolls-Royce plc.

Rotorcraft Forecast:

Complete and detailed information, including production forecast data, is provided in our Market Intelligence Service: Rotorcraft Forecast.

Forecast International Budget Data:

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DoD Spending in FY 2018, FY 2019, FY 2020, FY 2021 and FY 2022 + 5-year forecast

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