Summary: A This memo explains why the V-22 Osprey program should be .
A It is divided into 6 parts: (1) Introduction, (2) Features of the V-22 Osprey, (3) Benefits of the V-22 Osprey, (4) Why We Should Expand and Accelerate the V-22 Program, (5) Economic Benefits, and (6) Conclusion. Appended to it are attachments that provide further support, cite sources, and refute criticisms of the aircraft.
The Osprey V-22 is the first tilt-rotor aircraft ever produced. This unique technology gives it the characteristics of both an airplane and a helicopter. We have spent a lot of time and money researching this aircraft; its completion is long overdue. We can expedite the last phases of its production if we expand and accelerate the program.
2. Features of the V-22 Osprey.
2.1. It can take off and land vertically like a helicopter and fly with the speed of an airplane. The Osprey can travel faster at higher speeds and altitudes for longer than any aircraft we currently have. It has the capacity for self-deployment, which makes obsolete the need for aircraft carrier launch. Also it can carry a maximum of 24 fully armed Marines, more than any other military aircraft.
3. Benefits of the V-22 Osprey.
3.1. It is extremely versatile and can be used by all branches of the U.S. Armed Services. Therefore money to pay for the program can come from the budgets of all of the branches and not just the Marines. .
3.2. The speed of the Osprey will reduce the exposure our Marines will have to air threats. Additionally it will make missions faster allowing Marines to get in and out of hostile territory quicker. .
3.3. The current fleet of Marines helicopters is made up of the CH-46 Sea Knight and the CH-53D Sea Stallion, both at least 30 years old. The type of conflicts we are fighting has changed since the introduction of these helicopters and they are now outdated. The Sea Knight has deteriorated with age and can no long perform the functions it originally could (see attachment A).