The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight.
The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program.
CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporting of a crew of personnel, mail and supplies missions. The range of this new model increased for the Navy compared to its predecessors with additional fuel tanks. The platform, which is planned to be delivered to the Navy Test and Evaluation Squadron 21 (HX 21) for test activities in the next weeks. Mass deliveries are expected to start in the first quarter of 2021. CMV-22B Ospreys have great importance to the US Navy, because C-2 Greyhounds cannot carry the F135 engine of the F-35 Lightning IIs.