24 July 2020, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Many countries continue to take interest in the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey for its role as a valuable asset needed to serve and support multiple mission capabilities.
For the sprawling islands of Indonesia, it could connect teams and support long-range missions. News outlet The Drive notes that the aircraft “…is particularly well suited for Indonesia, a country that is made up of a whopping 17,000 individual islands spanning thousands of miles. The ability for the V-22 to carry significant loads at turboprop speeds, while still being able to land and take off near vertically will drastically improve the logistics capabilities of the Indonesian military.”
The tiltrotor’s unique configuration combines the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and hover capabilities of a helicopter with the speed and range of turbo-prop aircraft while in airplane mode, enabling the military to rapidly reach isolated areas at twice the speed and range of helicopters. “While the country does have a number of turboprop transports and helicopters of various types on hand, none of them have the Osprey’s unique remote island-hopping over long-distance capabilities.”
The combination of speed, range, and versatility make the Osprey a force multiplier. “For missions like search and rescue and some long-range assaults, it is truly a magical machine.” With a global fleet that has 500,000 fleet flight hours, the Bell Boeing V-22 provides unique tiltrotor capabilities to support worldwide military missions.
Source and photo: Bell Helicopters