|Entered service in||2005|
|Crew||2 - 4|
|Dimensions and weight|
|Weight (empty)||15 t|
|Maximum take off weight||27.4 t|
|Rotor diameter||2 x 11.6 m|
|Cargo load||5 t|
|Passengers||24 - 32 men|
|Engines||2 x Rolls-Royce AE 1107C Liberty|
|Engine power||2 x 6 150 hp|
|Maximum speed||509 km/h|
|Cruising speed||396 km/h|
|Ferry range||4 400 km|
|Range with normal load||1 627 km|
|Service ceiling||7 925 m|
The Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission military tiltrotor aircraft. It is takes-off and lands vertically like a helicopter, while it's cruise speed is similar to propelled aircraft.
The BellBoeing V-22 made it's first flight in 1989. It has a crew of two and can accommodate 24 troops. The US Marine Corps first took the initiative of such aircraft. Version developed specially for the Marines is called the MV-22B. It is used for carrying troops, supplies and equipment. The V-22 Osprey can operate from ships as well as small airfields. The Osprey is seen as a replacement for the CH-46E and CH-53D helicopter with the Marine Corps.
Another variant is the naval HV-22. This aircraft is intended foe search and rescue missions and for delivering a nd extracting special forces troops. One more special forces variant is the CV-22 used by the US Special Operations Command. It's primary task is to conduct long-range special missions and combat rescue.
The Osprey is powered by two Rolls-Royce AE 1107C Liberty turboshaft engines, delivering 6 150 shaft horsepower each. It has maximum speed of 500 km/h and range of 690 kilometers.