MV-22 Osprey / USAFItem Number: 561
Bell MV-22 Osprey USAF airplane model. The MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft, which is designated as the "baseline" variant, is a vertical/short takeoff and landing medium lift assault, self-deployment, and sustained land operations capable air vehicle. The MV-22 must provide combat assault transport of Marines in the initial assault waves and follow-on stages of amphibious operations and subsequent operations ashore. It must also be capable of supporting the following secondary mission tasks: combat assault transport of supplies and equipment, evacuations and maritime special operations, mobile forward area refueling and rearming operations, casualty evacuation, and Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) operations. The aircraft must therefore be self-deployable, capable of handling 24 combat equipped troops, capable of operationally lifting external loads up to 10,000 pounds and able to operate in adverse weather, day or night from air capable ships.
The Air Force plans to operate 50+ aircraft in the Special Operations mission.