Osprey Team Eyes Aerial Refueling, Comms Options
By Amy Butler
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 09, 2013
The V-22's price is hovering millions above the original target and Pentagon orders have stabilized at a lower-than-anticipated rate, but the Bell/Boeing tiltrotor team is optimistic about its sales prospects.
The largest forthcoming tender could be for the U.S. Navy's Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) replacement program, but Bell/Boeing is making the case that the Osprey is more than just a high-priced transport. The company is testing its ability to conduct aerial refueling missions as the Pentagon considers other possible missions, such as hosting communications hardware or electronic-attack systems on the platform.