THE US NAVY has directed the development of specific terrain-following/terrain-avoidance radar-design changes and related modifications needed to create the CV-22 special-operations variant of the Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

A contract to be awarded in 1996 will pay for the conversion of one engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) MV-22 (Aircraft No 8) to CV-22 layout.

The CV-22 will be used to perform long-range special-operations missions. CV-22 mission equipment also includes wing auxiliary-fuel tanks, a radar-warning receiver/jammer, aft sponson and cabin fuel-tanks, aerial-refueling probe and rescue hoist.

Source: Flight International