CMV-22B Osprey

CMV-22B Osprey


The CMV-22B is the Navy’s long-range/medium-lift element of the intra-theater aerial logistics capability; it fulfills the Joint Force Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC) time-critical logistics air connector requirements by transporting personnel, mail and priority cargo from advance bases to the Seabase.


The CMV-22B Osprey is a variant of the MV-22B and is the replacement for the C-2A Greyhound for the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission.  The Osprey is a tiltrotor V/STOL aircraft that can takeoff and land as a helicopter but transit as a turboprop aircraft. 

It will provide the Navy with significant increases in capability and operational flexibility over the C-2A.  CMV-22B operations can be either shore-based, “expeditionary”, or sea-based.  The Osprey is a critical warfighting enabler, providing the time sensitive combat logistics needed to support combat operations.

As compared to the MV-22B, the Navy variant has extended operational range, a beyond line-of-sight HF radio, improved fuel dump capability, a public address system for passengers, and an improved lighting system for cargo loading.  The CMV-22B will be capable of transporting up to 6,000 pounds of cargo/personnel to a 1,150 NM range.

The CMV-22B is expected to field with Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2021 (projected). While the Program of Record has 48 CMV-22 projected, the Navy currently plans to procure only 44 aircraft.


Primary Function: Airborne Re-supply / Logistics to the Seabase (AR/LSB).

Contractor: Bell-Boeing

Propulsion: Two Rolls-Royce Liberty AE1107C engines, each delivering 6,150 shaft horsepower.

Length: 63 feet

Wingspan: 84.6 feet with rotors turning

Height: 22 feet, 1 inch with nacelles vertical.

Weight: Max. gross, vertical take-off: 52,600 lbs. Short take-off 57,000 lbs (testing in progress to increase)

Airspeed: Cruise: 269 knots

Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters).

Range: 1,150 nautical miles

Crew: 4 – pilot, copilot, crew chief, second aircrewman; 23 passengers

Program Status


Production Phase: In Production

Projected Inventory: 44

Projected Full Operational Capability date: 2023


Updated June 2020