Air Force might order four aircraft
Naval Air Systems Command’s V-22 joint program office is looking to enlist as many foreign buyers as possible ahead of its third multiyear procurement in 2018 for Navy versions of the Bell-Boeing Osprey to drive down the unit cost. The command is also waiting on a funding commitment from the Air Force for more special operations CV-22s.
Air Force Special Operations Command has expressed interest in acquiring up to four extra tiltrotor transports as an attrition reserve, bringing the total Air Force purchase to 56. However, those additional buys are not funded in the fiscal year 2016 budget request being considered by Congress.
On April 14, NAVAIR V-22 Program Manager Col. Dan Robinson told reporters at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition that depending on when the funding comes through, those extra CV-22s might be tagged onto the latest multiyear procurement (MYP2) of 101 Ospreys, or beef up the base quantity in the next order slated to start in 2018.
The Air Force is more than 80 percent of the way through its V-22 procurement and the last of 52 aircraft deliveries are due in 2016 for a total of 50 aircraft, minus attrition.
MYP3 would buy 44 Navy variants to replace the C-2 Greyhound for the carrier onboard delivery (COD) mission. Deliveries would start in 2020, Robinson said.