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Bell-Boeing to offer V-22 for presidential helicopter?

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 22, 2010
A USMC MV-22B. (USN)
A USMC MV-22B. (USN)

The online Defense Daily has reported that Bell-Boeing is reportedly considering offering the V-22 Osprey as a contender for the VXX presidential helicopter competition to replace the current fleet of VH-3 and VH-60 aircraft.

The report says a company source said that the partnership is “preparing a response to the RFI request with a VV-22 solution”. Other likely contenders include a Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin partnership with the Sikorsky H-92, and AgustaWestland’s EH.101.

Meanwhile, the US has suffered its first combat loss of a V-22 with the crash of a USAF special operations configured CV-22 in Afghanistan on April 8. Some reports have indicated the aircraft crashed as a result of ‘brown out’ conditions caused by dust and sand being kicked up by the massive rotors’ downwash with a resulting loss of situational awareness for the crew, and that it was not hit by enemy fire.

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The crash killed four and injured several others, and the wreckage was subsequently destroyed after crash investigators had completed their initial inspections.

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Bell-Boeing to offer V-22 for presidential helicopter?

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 22, 2010
A USMC MV-22B. (USN)
A USMC MV-22B. (USN)

The online Defense Daily has reported that Bell-Boeing is reportedly considering offering the V-22 Osprey as a contender for the VXX presidential helicopter competition to replace the current fleet of VH-3 and VH-60 aircraft.

The report says a company source said that the partnership is “preparing a response to the RFI request with a VV-22 solution”. Other likely contenders include a Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin partnership with the Sikorsky H-92, and AgustaWestland’s EH.101.

Meanwhile, the US has suffered its first combat loss of a V-22 with the crash of a USAF special operations configured CV-22 in Afghanistan on April 8. Some reports have indicated the aircraft crashed as a result of ‘brown out’ conditions caused by dust and sand being kicked up by the massive rotors’ downwash with a resulting loss of situational awareness for the crew, and that it was not hit by enemy fire.

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The crash killed four and injured several others, and the wreckage was subsequently destroyed after crash investigators had completed their initial inspections.

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