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Help! I am confused!
What is the difference between the different "Blocks" of MV-22 and CV-22?
Are there any visible differences on thew outside of the aircraft?
And are Block A, B and C (MV-22) just other names for Block 10, 20, 25, 30 (CV-22)?
Anybody who could help`
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Global Security has a decent laydown of the various blocks.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/v-22-production.htm

The Blocks seem to be related (Block 10 is equated to Block B) but the CV-22's Block 10 also includes features not slated for the MV-22 until Block C. And of course, there are lots of other specific mods to the CV-22, so an MV-22 Block A is not the same as a CV-22 Block 0, they just share some common improvements.
 

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On a related note:


CV-22 Beats MV-22 in CSAR Race

Posted by Robert Wall at 6/7/2011 4:34 AM CDT


The U.S. Marine Corps has gotten a lot of attention for its MV-22 mission, this year, to rescue one of two downed F-15 pilots when the fighter went down in Libya owing to mechanical problems.

But the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), not as publicity hungry or savy, has quietly carried out a far more significant search and rescue mission using its tiltrotor.

Almost exactly a year ago, a CV-22 operating out of Kandahar rescued 32 personnel stranded in difficult conditions in northeastern Afghanistan, according to USMC Col. Greg Masiello, the V-22 Joint Program Manager. The CV-22 was based in Kandahar and flew 800 naut. mi. without refueling to recover the troops.

One reason the CV-22 was used for the mission was its ability to fly above 15,000 ft. and thereby fly over the Hindu Kush mountain range. What is more, Masiello says the high altitude capability allowed the CV-22 to fly over extremely bad weather that persisted at lower altitudes and made a rescue using a helicopter impossible.

The mission lasted about 4 hours.

AFSOC currently still sustains a CV-22 deployment to Afghanistan.

Next year, AFSOC will also be the first to stand up an overseas V-22 base, when CV-22s will be based at RAF Mildenhall, U.K.


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UAE V-22 Deal Nears Closure

Posted by Amy Butler 5:43 AM on May 03, 2012


After years of turbulent development and cost problems, the Bell-Boeing team is finally closing in on its first foreign sale of the V-22 Osprey.

Negotiations with the United Arab Emirates are nearing a close, and some industry sources suggest that Israel may hasten its buy of the tilt rotor as a result.


source: Amy Butler

The UAE is eyeing use of the Osprey to support its special operations forces, industry officials indicate. An agreement could be signed by year’s end, they add. Interest in the system was reinforced during last year’s NATO operations in Libya, in part because an MV-22 was used to rescue one of two downed U.S. Air Force F-15E pilots.

To help cement interest, the MV-22 made its Dubai air show debut in November 2011. Adding a new customer to the roster would be a boon for the team at a tough time for the program. Pentagon officials continue to pressure the companies to reduce the aircraft’s cost, but they are also cutting the U.S. buy rate.

The U.K. has also been eyed as a potential customer, although the country’s financial problems effectively rule out any near-term purchase. Industry officials have, at times, indicated Japan and Norway may be potential buyers as well, but neither of those prospects has firmed up.

The V-22’s unit cost is a major hurdle to securing an export order. With the tiltrotor now entering a new multiyear procurement contract, those eager to buy the aircraft are expected to move on the assumption it will deliver the best possible price.

The Pentagon has had a long-term goal of decreasing the unit price to $58 million, but this has been elusive.

In fiscal 2012, the unit price is $67 million, says U.S. Marine Col. Greg Masiello, the Pentagon’s Osprey program manager. In preparing for the second multiyear-buy proposal, the team is focusing on driving the cost of parts down, including the cost of the composite skin, he says.

However, the Pentagon’s annual delivery rate is dipping due to financial pressure on the defense budget. Boeing officials are working to maintain per-unit price or — if possible — decrease it despite the lower build numbers.

International buys could reduce pressure on the Pentagon’s delivery numbers and help to keep the price down, according to industry officials.

John Rader, Bell-Boeing’s V-22 program manager, says the company is taking lessons from work done to lower the C-17’s build rate without increasing unit cost, as it looks to decrease the Pentagon’s annual buy of V-22s to 21 per year. The Pentagon took delivery of 34 V-22s in fiscal 2011, and that dipped to 29 in fiscal 2012.

The team is expected to propose savings of roughly $850 million in its proposal for the Multiyear II buy from fiscal 2013-17 based on expectations from lawmakers. Boeing spokesman Andrew Lee says the Boeing-Bell team has submitted its proposal for the buy for review by the Pentagon.

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INTRODUCTION OF THE MV-22 AIRCRAFT INTO JAPAN
Date: June 29, 2012
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
The Department of Defense, in close coordination with the Government of Japan, is moving forward with the introduction of the MV-22 aircraft to III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan.

The DoD provided host nation notification to the Government of Japan in Tokyo June 29 that it will make a fleet upgrade to replace CH-46 helicopters with MV-22 Osprey aircraft. The aircraft will arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni for unloading in late July.
At the request of the Government of Japan, the DoD has provided facts and preliminary findings from ongoing investigations of recent mishaps involving an MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft.

In the case of the April 11, 2012 MV-22 mishap in Morocco, flight data information indicates that the aircraft performed as expected and described in the MV-22 Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Flight Manual. The U.S. Marine Corps has determined the aircraft did not suffer from a mechanical or material failure and there were no problems with the safety of the aircraft.

In the case of the June 13, 2012 CV-22 mishap in Florida, a preliminary review of the incident has not uncovered any information which would preclude the continued operation of the aircraft. The Department of Defense, including senior U.S. Air Force leaders, stands
behind the CV-22’s reliability and is convinced that the aircraft is safe for operations.

Based on these preliminary conclusions, and in close coordination with the Government of Japan, the DoD decided to proceed with the shipment of MV-22 aircraft.

In recognition of the remaining concerns of the Japanese government about the safety of the aircraft, the DoD will refrain from any flight operations of the MV-22 in Japan until the results of the investigations are presented to the Japanese government and the safety of flight operations is confirmed. The Defense Department anticipates presenting this information to the Japanese government in August.

During this period, Japan will be the only location worldwide where the United States will suspend MV-22 flight operations. The United States will continue uninterrupted flight operations of the MV-22 and CV-22 elsewhere around the world, including over the continental United States.

The MV-22 Osprey has an excellent safety record, and has surpassed 115,000 flight hours. About one third of the total hours were flown during the last two years. The Osprey achieved these flight hours performing combat operations, humanitarian assistance, training, and test and evaluation missions. Basing the Osprey in Okinawa will significantly strengthen the United States’ ability to provide for the defense of Japan, perform humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and fulfill other alliance roles.
Source: http://www.marines.mil/unit/mcbjapan/Documents/MV-22.pdf
 

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Topic name changed. This is now for all news items and questions about the Osprey.
 

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201301120046
 

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http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130306005603.htm

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130306005605.htm
 

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Via the Ares blog: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2013/04/23/israeli-buy-a-boost-for-osprey-production-line/
 

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"Israeli Buy a Boost For Osprey Production Line"
by Richard Sisk Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 12:41 am

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http://www.dodbuzz.com/2013/04/23/israeli-buy-a-boost-for-osprey-production-line/

The surprise announcement that Israel was acquiring the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey for its special forces has led other countries to take a second look at buying the aircraft that has greater range and speed than conventional helicopters.

“I can tell you that several countries are very, very interested” in the Osprey, said William Schroeder, a spokesman for Bell Boeing of Fort Worth, Tex.

Schroeder declined to name the interested countries, but the United Arab Emirates has been haggling with Bell Boeing for more than a year on unit prices, and Britain and Canada have also inquired about the Ospreys.

The sale of Ospreys to Israel — if coupled with buys from other states — could insure keeping the production line open past the current phase out date in 2018.

U.S. and Israel officials have yet to say how many of the $70 million Ospreys that Israel will buy, or the price that the Israelis will pay.
Defense Department officials last Friday made the surprise announcement that the Israelis would be getting the Osprey ahead of a trip to the region by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Hagel, who was in Israel Monday in part to seal the deal on the Ospreys as part of a major arms, will be in the Emirates later this week on his Mideast swing to wrap up details on a total $10 billion in arms sales to Israel, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

At a joint news conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Hagel said the weapons for Israel included “anti-radiation missiles and advanced radars for its fleet of fighter jets, KC-135 refueling aircraft, and most significantly, the V-22 Osprey, which the U.S. has not released to any other nation.”

“The introduction of the V-22 into the Israeli Air Force will give the Israeli Air Force long-range, high-speed, maritime search-and-rescue capabilities to deal with a number of threats and contingencies,” Hagel said, but the Israelis have already made clear that they have much more in mind for the Ospreys than sea rescues when the aircraft becomes operational with its special forces.

Ya’alon said that the arms deal showed the commitment of President Obama to guaranteeing that Israel maintained a qualitative military edge in the region against any potential adversary.

“We see your commitment in the Joint Strike Fighter program and the presidential approval of other advanced capabilities, such as the V-22 for Israel,” Ya’alon said.

Ya’alon said the arms deal with the U.S. should also send a strong signal to Iran.

“Without a credible military option,there’s no chance the Iranian regime will realize it has to stop the military nuclear project,” Ya’alon said.

The Osprey deal culminated a long courtship of Israel by the Marine Corps and Bell Boeing. Going back to early 2011, Israeli Air Force pilots were brought to the Marine air base in New River, N.C., to train on simulators and take test flights at the controls of the aircraft, said Marine Capt. Richard Ulsh, a Marine spokesman. “No other [foreign] militaries have done that” or been afforded the opportunity, Ulsh said.

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the Israeli chief of staff, has also taken test flights on the Osprey but not at the controls.

The Osprey would fit into Gantz’ announced design to create a joint special operations force for Israel, similar to the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command. The MV-22s, with their in-flight refueling capacities, would be used for long-range commando raids against emerging threats in the region.

It was unclear whether Gantz was interested in the MV-22 standard Osprey used by the Marines, or the CV-22 used by Air Force special forces, which is fitted with extra wing fuel tanks and an AN/APQ-186 terrain-following radar.

More than 30 Marines and test pilots were killed in accidents during the developmental stages of the Osprey, but its performance in Iraq and Afghanistan has sparked the interest of other militaries in the advantages of an aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter and can reach speeds of 300 mph in horizontal flight.

The interest spiked last year as the Osprey performed at the Farnborough Air Show outside London, and at similar airshows in Singapore and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
 

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Topics merged ... and copying at least the most important parts of such a text, may be
a good idea ! Otherwise, when such an article may be gone in the future, we can only look
at the then worthless link ... ;)
 

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I commend the May, 2013 issue of Combat Aircraft to those interested in the V-22; in particular, the middle of page 13 where, under the "Xworx Osprey" title, you get a picture of Bell's tech demonstrator aircraft and from such an angle as to get a good view of the first demo program installed. Indeed, the aircraft is now out flying full testing under operational environments.


I had the pleasure, and occasional pain, of being heavily involved in this mod program and am involved in at least one more.
 

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Check my math: Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $4,894,124,381 modification to definitize the previously awarded V-22 Lot 17... for the manufacture and delivery of 92 MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the Marine Corps and 7 CV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the Air Force.

99 M/CV-22 divided by $4,894,124,381 = $49,435,599.81/V-22 or less than $50M per copy.
 

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201306150025
 

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An Osprey aircraft is unloaded from a transport vessel at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture on July 30. (Takeshi Iwashita)

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201308010036​
 

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An MV-22 Osprey aircraft with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 is unloaded from the cargo ship Green Ridge at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni harbor July 23, 2012. This marks the first MV-22 Osprey aircraft deployment to Japan and a milestone in the Marine Corps' process of replacing CH-46E helicopters with the MV-22 Osprey.
COURTESY U.S. MARINE CORPS

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/marines-receive-more-ospreys-in-japan-as-air-force-considers-its-own-1.233035​
 

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The centerpiece of the Defense Ministry’s requests concerns preparations for eventually establishing a full-fledged force that can conduct amphibious operations, like the U.S. Marines, to take back an island seized by an adversary.

The ministry plans to set aside 1.3 billion yen for the purpose.

Plans are under way to set up a preliminary unit in fiscal 2014 under the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Central Readiness Force.

The ministry plans to purchase two assault vehicles based on the AAV7 model in fiscal 2014, in addition to four AAV7s during the current fiscal year, for the crack unit to use in a trial operation.

The ministry also asked for 100 million yen as part of a program to introduce Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in fiscal 2015 for eventual deployment for the force during amphibious missions. The ministry set aside 8 million yen for the Osprey program during fiscal 2013.

The deployment of the Osprey for the SDF is meant to underscore the alliance between Japan and the United States.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201308310048
 

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Ah, another shot of a Hornet in its normal environment.

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A bit of a PR disaster:


Original Caption: Reddit user Keggerss posted the following image of a crashed Marine Osprey in Afghanistan on Reddit. (Image: Reddit)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/10/photo-smoking-marine-front-crashed-osprey-goes-vir/​
 

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http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38058.0.html

It has also been considered for refueling tilt rotor aircraft.
Hmmm.
 

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3 US MILITARY AIRCRAFT HIT IN S. SUDAN, 4 WOUNDED - Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day before.

The U.S. military aircraft were about to land in Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation's worst violence over the last week, when they were hit. The military said the four wounded troops were in stable condition.

The U.S. military said three CV-22 Ospreys - the kind of aircraft that can fly like a helicopter and plane - were "participating in a mission to evacuate American citizens in Bor." A South Sudan official said violence against civilians there has resulted in bodies "sprinkled all over town."

"After receiving fire from the ground while approaching the site, the aircraft diverted to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission," the statement said. "The injured troops are being treated for their wounds." It was not known how many U.S. civilians are in Bor.

After the aircraft took incoming fire, they turned around and flew to Entebbe, Uganda. From there the service members were flown to Nairobi, Kenya aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 for medical treatment, the statement said.

An official in the region who insisted on anonymity to share information not made public said the Americans did not tell the top commander in Bor - Gen. Peter Gadet, who defected from the South Sudan military this week - that they were coming in, which may have led to the attack. The U.S. statements said the gunfire was from unknown forces.

South Sudan's military spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, said that government troops are not in control of Bor, so the attack on the U.S. aircraft has to be blamed on renegade soldiers.

"Bor is under the control of the forces of Riek Machar," Aguer said.

The U.S. aircraft was hit one day after small arms fire downed a U.N. helicopter in the same state.

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While it is important news that the injured personnel were taken to safety in another country, we should not loose site of the fact that three combat rotorcraft flew several hundred miles damaged and leaking fuel.
 

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"US to sell Israel six Osprey military aircraft"

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http://news.yahoo.com/us-sell-israel-six-osprey-military-aircraft-211000304.html

Washington (AFP) - The Pentagon plans to sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel in a long-planned deal worth $1.13 billion, officials said Tuesday.

Israel will become the first foreign country to be allowed to purchase the V-22 Osprey, which can take off like a helicopter and fly like a turboprop airplane.

US officials had announced plans to sell the Osprey to Israel last year but the Pentagon unveiled details of the arms package Tuesday in a formal notification to Congress, which has 15 days to raise any objections to the sale.

Apart from the V-22s, the package includes radar, missile warning systems, radios, night vision goggles, navigation systems and other equipment for the Ospreys, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

"The proposed sale of V-22B aircraft will enhance and increase the Israel Defense Forces’ search and rescue and special operations capabilities," the agency said in a statement.

"The V-22B provides the capability to move personnel and equipment to areas not accessible by fixed wing lift assets."

The US Marine Corps has pioneered the use of the Osprey and commanders have touted the aircraft as able to move troops faster and over longer distances than a helicopter.

The Osprey was plagued by accidents and technical problems in its early years but has been heavily used by the Marines in Afghanistan. The Air Force also uses the Osprey for its special operations forces.

The United States has committed itself to maintaining Israel's "qualitative military edge" and provides about $3 billion in grants every year, representing about 20 percent of Israel's defense budget.

The planned arms sale coincides with strains in US-Israeli relations over Washington's support for an interim agreement on Iran's nuclear program and diplomatic efforts for Middle East peace.

US officials expressed anger after Israel's defense minister Moshe Yaalon complained about US Secretary of State John Kerry's shuttle diplomacy, suggesting his efforts were futile and naive.
 

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I saw a note on Alert 5 that USAF is looking at a gunship version of CV-22. Anyone heard or seen anything?

Answered my own question:

Gareth Jennings, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

The US Air Force Special Operational Command (AFSOC) is to develop a gunship variant of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor that also has the US Marine Corps (USMC) interested, a senior service official revealed on 13 February.

Speaking at the Singapore Airshow at the Changi Exhibition Centre, USMC Lieutenant Colonel Eric Ropella, PMA-275 Program Manager International Programs, said that AFSOC is looking at developing a prototype gunship-version of its CV-22 aircraft, and that the USMC is following developments with regard to its MV-22.

"[AFSOC] is looking at a number of different options [in terms of weaponry and configurations] for a gunship. The marines are always interested in every new capability [for the V-22]," he said.

While the concept is still in its early stages, Col Ropella hinted that the CV-22 may be fitted with forward-firing missiles, but beyond that he did not reveal any further details. However, when asked about the possibility of high-energy weapons, such as lasers, being fitted, he said: "All things are on the table. Some engineers at NAVAIR [Naval Air Systems Command] probably have dreams about [lasers] on the V-22."

Given the V-22's tiltrotor configuration and nearly 12 m diameter rotorblades, forward-firing munitions could not be carried on underwing hardpoints. Instead, the aircraft would either have to employ ramp-mounted or cargo bay-stored canister munitions, similar to those carried by the USMC's KC-130J Harvest HAWK Hercules gunship, or sponson-mounted stub-wings.

A side-firing cannon/machine gun could be fitted, but this would involve some structural re-modelling as the V-22 does not have a paratrooper door on the left-side aircraft fuselage, and the door on the right side is located forward of the rotors, which would present safety issues for the aircraft.

The gunship is one of a number of special mission variant V-22s being considered, Col Ropella noted, with aerial refuelling (already demonstrated), command and control, surveillance, and executive transport roles also being explored. "There are a seemingly endless number of applications that exist [for the V-22]," he said.

With regard to the MV-22's current role, Col Ropella said that crisis response "is quickly becoming its bread and butter mission".

In May 2013, the USMC stood up a detachment of six MV-22s and two Lockheed Martin KC-130J aerial refuelling aircraft in southern Spain to respond to emergency contingencies within the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) area of responsibility. In addition to the aircraft, 500 marines and other personnel are on standby at Morón Air Base under the auspices of the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR).

The SP-MAGTF CR has been created as a result of lessons learned following the death of the US Ambassador to Libya and three other staff members after militiamen overran the consulate in Benghazi. With unrest and instability continuing across North Africa, Col Ropella said that the duration of the mission has yet to be decided, although he noted that Morón will not be a permanent basing location for the USMC.
 

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http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140924/DEFREG02/309240038

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http://news.usni.org/2014/10/01/breaking-two-aircrew-bailout-mv-22-persian-gulf-one-rescued-one-missing

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are searching the northern part of the Persian Gulf after two crew “bailed out” from a Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft on Wednesday.

The Osprey, which was operating from USS Makin Island (LHD-8), lost power on takeoff from the amphibious assault ship at around 10:10 a.m. (EST).

One other crewman who also jumped from the aircraft was later rescued and is in stable condition onboard the ship, according to the Navy.
There are currently a number of Navy ships and aircraft looking for the missing crewman.

Meanwhile, theMarine Osprey pilot managed to save the aircraft and recover the MV-22 onboard Makin Island. The ship is embarked with elements of the 11 Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to support operations in Syria and Iraq. Makin Island deployed on July 25, 2014, to relieve the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

The Navy and Marine Corps will investigate the cause of the incident, the service said in a statement.

The following is the Oct. 1 statement from the service on the search.

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces in the North Arabian Gulf are conducting a search and rescue operation for a missing aircrew member who went into the water at 2:10 p.m. (GMT), today, when the aircraft the member was aboard lost power on takeoff from USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Two air crewmen bailed out of the aircraft into the Arabian Gulf with one safely recovered and now in stable condition aboard Makin Island. The pilot of the aircraft, a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, was able to regain control and safely land aboard Makin Island.

U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and boats are taking part in the search and rescue effort.

The Navy and Marine Corps will investigate the cause of the incident.

USS Makin Island with embarked elements of the 11 Marine Expeditionary Unit is currently on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility where it is supporting operations in Iraq and Syria.
 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11137600/US-Marine-lost-at-sea-first-casualty-of-operation-against-Isil.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/10/02/marine-lost-at-sea-after-bailing-from-osprey-aircraft-during-near-crash/

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Defense-update: Israel cancels planned procurement of V-22 Tilt-Rotor aircraft
Oct 30, 2014

Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) decided to cancel the planned procurement of six Bell/Boeing V-22 tilt rotor aircraft. Available funding will be allocated to the procurement of a second batch of F-35s fifth generation stealth fighters. The cancellation represented another abrupt change in Israel’s procurement plans, after the IMOD withdrew an international tended for four Offshore Patrol Boats weeks after distributing the $500 million tender to international shipbuilders.

According to Israel’s daily newspaper Israel Hayom, the decision was made over concerns of the costs associated with Operation Protective Edge. While opting to cancel the Osprey procurement Yaalon approved the purchase of a second flight squadron of F-35 stealth fighters.

The US has offered the Osprey to Israel in April 2013, during the visit of US Defense secretary Chuck Hagel. With Israel positioned as the first international buyer of the tilt-rotor aircraft, the U.S. hoped for other customers to step in. At the time Israel had agreed to purchase six V-22s, but had not yet signed the contract.

Nixing the V-22 coincided with a decision to purchase a second flight squadron of F-35 stealth fighters. A vote approving this commitment was planned for yesterday at the Kneset,but was delayed to next week. The defense establishment believes that the committee, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will approve the acquisition of a new flight squadron.
 

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Arjen said:
Defense-update: Israel cancels planned procurement of V-22 Tilt-Rotor aircraft
Oct 30, 2014

Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) decided to cancel the planned procurement of six Bell/Boeing V-22 tilt rotor aircraft. Available funding will be allocated to the procurement of a second batch of F-35s fifth generation stealth fighters. The cancellation represented another abrupt change in Israel’s procurement plans, after the IMOD withdrew an international tended for four Offshore Patrol Boats weeks after distributing the $500 million tender to international shipbuilders.

According to Israel’s daily newspaper Israel Hayom, the decision was made over concerns of the costs associated with Operation Protective Edge. While opting to cancel the Osprey procurement Yaalon approved the purchase of a second flight squadron of F-35 stealth fighters.

The US has offered the Osprey to Israel in April 2013, during the visit of US Defense secretary Chuck Hagel. With Israel positioned as the first international buyer of the tilt-rotor aircraft, the U.S. hoped for other customers to step in. At the time Israel had agreed to purchase six V-22s, but had not yet signed the contract.

Nixing the V-22 coincided with a decision to purchase a second flight squadron of F-35 stealth fighters. A vote approving this commitment was planned for yesterday at the Kneset,but was delayed to next week. The defense establishment believes that the committee, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will approve the acquisition of a new flight squadron.
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