The U.S. Navy continues to test the CMV-22B transport convertiplane designed for the Navy based on the V-22 Ospre convertiplane. At the next stage, the CMV-22B made a long flight, Defense Aerospace reports.
According to the publication, the tiltrotor flew from Bell's aerodrome in Amarillo in Texas to the US Pataksent River base in Maryland, covering about 2,3 thousand kilometers. It is reported that the tests took place within 2 days, all in the air the tiltrotor spent six and a half hours. The tests are recognized as successful.
The first transport tiltrotor CMV-22B entered the U.S. fleet for testing in February 2020. In total, the U.S. Navy ordered 48 vehicles, the first production CMV-22B should go to the US Navy in 2021.
The CMV-22B transport tiltrotor was developed by order of the U.S. Navy based on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor and is expected to replace the outdated C-2A Greyhound carrier-based transport planes. First of all, the military intends to use such devices to deliver spare parts to aircraft carriers located at a great distance from the coast. The maximum load of the machine is about 9 tons, the optimal one is in the region of 2,5 tons (maximum flight range).
Bell and Boeing, which are leading the development of the new tiltrotor, do not much talk about their new car. To date, it is known that the tiltrotor received conformal fuel tanks of increased volume located on the sides of the fuselage in order to increase the flight range. According to available information, the CMV-22B transport tiltrotor is capable of transporting goods weighing up to 2,6 tons at a distance of up to 2,13 thousand kilometers.
One of the reasons that prompted the U.S. Navy to order the development of CMV-22B, was that in the cargo compartment S-2A does not fit the engine from the F-35 fighter. The new tiltrotor freely carries aircraft engines, which in the future will become the main fighter of the US Navy.