Osprey Team Eyes Aerial Refueling, Comms Options

By Amy Butler
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
September 09, 2013
Credit: Bell/Boeing

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.

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