The V-22 Osprey is the first aircraft designed from the ground up to meet the needs of all four U.S. armed services. The aircraft can transport Marine Corps assault troops and cargo using its medium lift and vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. It meets U.S. Navy requirements for combat search and rescue, fleet logistics support, and special warfare support.
The V-22 is a tiltrotor aircraft, taking off and landing like a helicopter, but, once airborne, its engine nacelles can be rotated to convert the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.
It can carry 24 combat troops, or up to 20,000 pounds of internal or external cargo, at twice the speed of a helicopter. It includes cross-coupled transmissions so either engine can power the rotors if one engine fails.
The rotors can fold and the wing rotate so the aircraft can be stored aboard an aircraft carrier.
Boeing is responsible for the fuselage and all subsystems, digital avionics, and fly-by-wire flight-control systems. Boeing partner Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., is responsible for the wing, transmissions, empennage, rotor systems, and engine installation.
Nation of origin: USA
Prime contractor: Bell / Boeing
Type: Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) Transport-craft
Length: 19.09 m / 62 ft 8 in
Wing span: 14.36 m / 47 ft 1 in
Wing Area: N/A
Max t-o Weight: 60,500 lb
Engine: Two Allison T406-AD-400 turboshafts, 6,150 shp each
Max Speed: 556 km/h / 345 mph
Ceiling: 26,000 ft
Range: 3,892 km / 2,418 miles
Armament: Provisions for three .50 caliber cabin guns and two Mk-84 Torpedoes