V-22 Multi-Year Procurement 3 Will Open Opportunities for Additional Operators
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Navy expects to issue the third multi-year procurement (MYP) contract for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor assault transport aircraft in June, one that will present opportunities for further orders, including foreign sales, at economical prices.
Speaking to reporters April 10 at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland, Marine Col. Matthew Kelly, the Navy’s program manager for the V-22, said MYP-2 will complete deliveries in approximately 1.5 years. MYP-3 would cover fiscal years 2018 to 2022.
Kelly said that the MYP would give old and new customers the opportunity to purchase Ospreys at attractive prices.
“The beauty is that they’ve got pre-negotiated prices,” Kelly said.
So far only the only non-U.S. country to order the Osprey is Japan, which has ordered 17 V-22s, with first deliveries scheduled for fiscal 2019. Kelly said that other nations have expressed interest.
“We’ve been in discussions with Israel,” Kelly said, who noted than nothing is imminent.
The Osprey has conducted flight operations from four foreign aviation-capable ships: the South Korean ROKS Dokdo, the French BPC Dixmude, the Netherlands HMNLS Karel Doorman and the Spanish LHD Juan Carlos. Later this year, Ospreys are expected to conduct flight operations on the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. Kelly said.
The program of record is 479 Ospreys: 360 MV-22Bs for the Marine Corps, 54 CV-22Bs for the Air Force, 48 Ospreys for the Navy and now 17 for Japan. So far, the Navy plans only 44 CMV-22B carrier-onboard-delivery versions.
The Marine Corps is executing a program, CC-RAM (Common Configuration – Readiness and Modernization), that will update the MV-22B fleet to the 2018 standard configuration, one that “takes all of the ECPs [Engineering Change Proposals] over the last 15 years.” Currently there are more than 70 different configurations of MV-22B in Marine Corps inventory. The CC-RAM will ease the burden on maintenance crews and air crews.
Deliveries of the Navy’s CMV-22B are planned to begin in 2020. Although they will be dedicated to the COD role, they also could be used for vertical replenishment, vertical onboard delivery, medevac, special operations support, search and rescue, and humanitarian disaster relief.
Kelly said the Osprey has performed well in Iraq and Syria and has been a “game-changer for combatant commanders.
“Every combatant commander wants V-22s, because they can respond to such a wide range of continencies,” he said.