Procurement: July 10, 2003


The U.S. Marine Corps has gotten its V-22 Osprey aircraft development project back on track. After twenty years of development, costing $12 billion, the V-22 still has another year of testing to go before Congress has to vote on allowing the production of 458 V-22s, at a cost of $69 million each. Congress wants the per unit cost down to $58 million. That's still pretty steep for an aircraft that is replacing three decade old Marine helicopters. But the V-22 uses a tilt wing technology that allows the aircraft to land and take off like a helicopter, then fly like fixed wing aircraft, at more than twice the speed of a helicopter. In combat, speed is life, and the Osprey can carry heavier loads farther and faster than any helicopter. The War on Terror has given the V-22 project a new lease on life, after three accidents during earlier testing left 30 people dead, and three V-22 test aircraft destroyed. The Special Operations Command and the Navy are getting 98 of the 458 V-22s, and the aircraft are seen as an important tool in the fight against terrorists. 


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close