MV-22B Osprey on the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier April 2019 of the year
In the future, American aircraft carriers will receive a transport version of the V-22 Osprey convertiplane, which should replace the outdated C-2A Greyhound carrier-based transport aircraft. As transmits "NPlus1" referring to The Drive, Bell has already begun testing a modified version of the convertiplane, designated CMV-22B.
Currently, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers at sea use C-2A Greyhound transport aircraft to deliver fuel, spare parts and provisions. The transporter has a length of 17,3 meters, a wingspan of 24,6 meters and a height of 4,8 meters. The maximum take-off weight is 27,2 tons. It is designed to carry up to 26 passengers or cargo weighing up to 4,5 tons. C-2A is capable of flying at speeds of 465 kilometers per hour over a distance of 2,4 thousands of kilometers. The U.S. Navy X-NUMXA entered service in the 2 year.
The command of the US Navy announced its intention to replace obsolete transport aircraft with convertiplanes several years ago, and ordered the delivery of 2019 modified Osprey convertiplanes at 39.
Visualization of transport version of Bell CMV-22B Osprey
Details of the transport version of the CMV-22B Osprey are not given, it is known that the tiltrotor received conformal increased fuel tanks located on the sides of the fuselage to increase flight range. In addition, the cargo compartment has been changed to accommodate the engine of the F-35C Lightning II fighter. This power plant does not fit in the cargo compartment of the C-2A, which was one of the reasons why the US Navy ordered the development of the CMV-22B.
It is reported that, according to the plans of the US Navy, C-2A transport planes will be written off in the 2026-2028 year. The first serial convertiplane CMV-22B should enter the fleet in the 2021 year.