The U.S. Navy has conducted a fleet battle experiment on its variant of the V-22 Osprey aircraft to gauge the platform’s performance as replacement for the C-2A Greyhound carrier on-board delivery platform.
The service branch said Monday the MV-22B Osprey aircraft transported 34,590 pounds of cargo and 563 passengers to and from the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier as part of the experiment that ran until Thursday.
Ospreys also work to provide logistics support to a carrier during night operations, the Navy added.
“The analysis and conclusions from this experiment will inform future concept of operations and how we will employ this aircraft and integrate it within the carrier air wing.” said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Naval Air Forces commander.
Lucas Kadar, USS Carl Vinson air officer, said Ospreys aid usage flexibility since the fleet can be treated as helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft.
The Boeing-built V-22 Osprey is designed to feature tiltrotor technology to integrate helicopters’ vertical performance with the speed and range of fixed-wing aircraft.