A first of 48 Bell Boeing CMV-22B carrier onboard delivery aircraft has been handed over to the US Navy, with the rotorcraft accepted in Amarillo, Texas, on 7 February.

“Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 will lead developmental test efforts for the programme, and the first operational squadron, Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, is scheduled to receive the aircraft this summer,” the navy says.

CMV-22B Amarillo

Source: US Navy

The tiltrotor type will be home based at NAS North Island, California, and NAS Norfolk, Virginia.

A replacement for the fixed-wing Grumman C-2A Greyhound transport, the CMV-22B will be capable of delivering a 2,640kg (6,000lb) load from a shore base to an aircraft carrier 1,150nm (2,130km) away.