posted by Jiri Wagner
Multi-mission aircraft that combines vertical take-off and landing capability with high speed, high altitude flight.
The Navy's HV-22A will provide combat search and rescue, delivery and retrieval of special warfare teams along with fleet logistic support transport. The Marine Corps' MV-22A will be an assault transport for troops, equipment, and supplies, operating from air capable ships or bases ashore.
The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft with a 38-foot rotor system and engine/transmission nacelle mounted on each wing tip. It can operate as a helicopter when taking off and landing vertically. Once airborne, the nacelles rotate forward 90 degrees for horizontal flight, converting the V-22 to a high speed, fuel-efficient turboprop airplane. The wing rotates for compact storage aboard ship. The first flight occurred in March 1989.
|Primary function||Multirole logistic vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft|
|Power plant||Two pivoting engines: T406-80-400|
|Thrust||2x 4,586 kW|
|Main rotor diameter||38 ft||11.58 m|
|Blades per rotor||Three|
|Length without sond||57.3 ft||17.47 m|
|Height||17.2 ft||5.24 m|
|Wingspan with rotors||84.6 ft||25.78 m|
|Wingarea||383 sq ft||35.59 sq m|
|Weight||empty||31,885 lb||14,463 kg|
|max. takeoff||60,500 lb||27,442 kg|
|Max. cruising speed||314 knots (582 km/h) like plane at optimum altitude||100 knots (185 km/h) like rotorcraft at sea level|
|Ceiling||26,000 ft||7,925 m|
|Range||2,224 km - VTO (cargo 5,443 kg)||3,336 km - STO (cargo 9,072 kg)|
|Ferry range||2,418 miles||3,892 km|
|Armament||None (provisions for two .50 caliber cabin guns)|