Quote: Operational Testing the V-22 for the COD mission
By Mike Wilson
Two V-22s from VMX-22 completed the first phase of Carrier onboard delivery (COD) operations with USS Harry S. Truman April 22, 2013.
According to published reports, the first phase began April 19th with the Marines loading and unloading the Ospreys to determine whether the MV-22s can be considered a replacement for aging C-2 Greyhounds. The evaluation included transferring passengers and cargo.
The next phase scheduled to begin in June will have the V-22s back aboard a carrier for six days. The Operational Test Marines will assess the Ospreys COD capabilities during fast-paced cyclic operations. Navy officials consider this phase critical because the Osprey cannot interrupt carrier operations.
(Source: US Naval Air Systems Command; issued May 3, 2013)
Quote: "PATUXENT RIVER, Md. --- Today the Navy issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX). Proposals are due in 90 days with a goal to award a fixed-price incentive engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract, with production options, by mid-calendar year 2014.
'Our acquisition approach includes a full and open competition to select a prime contractor that can best integrate mature subsystems into an air vehicle currently in production for an affordable solution that meets mission requirements,' said Captain Dean Peters, the program manager charged with development of the replacement aircraft.
'We’re seeking a technically viable, cost-effective vertical lift aircraft to replace the current fleet as these reach the end of their useful service life. The Department of the Navy is committed to deliver a safe and reliable new Presidential Helicopter fleet, while maintaining the In-Service Fleet until that replacement is fielded.'
During the EMD phase, the selected contractor will provide six test aircraft, four of which will become operational aircraft. During the production phase, the RFP calls for 17 operational aircraft (four in low-rate initial production (LRIP) 1, five in LRIP 2 and eight in full-rate production), for a fleet total of 21 aircraft."
Proposals due in three months, EMD contract award target middle of next year...hmmn ...
Quoting Devilfish (Reply 3): All the above while ushering in a fresh competition for Marine One.....
The 22 pictured in the OP is not for Presidential transport, the helicopters designated for that duty (VIP transport) have the whitetop livery (Though they of course could be used to that if needed/desired, I am just noting that is not the intent based on the livery we see)
With that said I do wonder why it would not be a good Presidential helicopter? I think it would look terrific in the whitetop livery and be quite the way for the President to arrive/depart.
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StudeDave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7475 times:
Quoting STT757 (Reply 2): The V-22 makes a perfect replacement for the C-2 as it can not only land on a carrier but also pretty much any Navy ship.
Well- seeing as I have served on many 'smallboys' I'd have to disagree.
Cruisers, Destroyers, and Frigates are hardly big enough for H-60s (or H-3s) so there's no way in hell that one of those monstrosities are gonna be landing on any of those decks anytime soon~ least not in one piece!!!
Classic planes, Classic trains, and Studebakers~~ what else is there???
dragon6172 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7220 times:
The V-22 has a rather significant rotorwash and has a large foot print. A couple of the reasons it won't be used to land on the White House lawn. Same reason you never saw HMX land their H-53s at the White House.
May be less problematic than the tilt-rotor...and will usher the HMX fleet into the next generation of faster helos. Smaller footprint and looks more "presidential" to boot. Just not sure if the rotor and prop wash would be gentler on the Rose Garden.