Boeing test pilots conduct the maiden flight of the first V-22 Osprey under the Common Configuration – Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) program. Initial test points were completed for functional checkouts to prepare the MV-22 for delivery to the U.S. Marine Corps customer. Photo: Boeing. Click to enlarge.


Boeing and Bell Textron have delivered the first modified MV-22 Osprey to the United States Marine Corps.

Under the Common Configuration – Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) program, Bell Boeing is reducing the number of MV-22 configurations that the Marines currently operate, by upgrading block “B” aircraft to the block “C” configuration.

“Our first CC-RAM aircraft returning to Marine Corps Air Station New River was a key program benchmark,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275). “We are excited to see the capability, commonality and readiness improvements these CC-RAM aircraft bring to the fleet as part of the Marine Corps’ V-22 readiness program.”

Boeing test pilots conduct the maiden flight of the first V-22 Osprey under the Common Configuration – Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) program. Initial test points were completed for functional checkouts to prepare the MV-22 for delivery to the U.S. Marine Corps customer. Photo: Boeing. Click to enlarge.

As a block “B” configuration, this MV-22 was originally delivered to the fleet in 2005. In 2018, the aircraft flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to the Boeing Philadelphia facility for modernization.

“This milestone marks the beginning of an Osprey evolution,” said Kristin Houston, vice president, Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and director, Bell Boeing V-22 Program. “Through a shared focus on safety and quality, the Bell Boeing team is delivering modernized MV-22 aircraft that are ready to serve our dedicated servicemen and women who rely on this essential aviation resource.”

The next CC-RAM delivery is expected in early 2020.

“We look forward to having the remaining MV-22 block “B” aircraft rejoin the fleet in a block “C” configuration,” said Kelly.

In November 2019, the U.S. Navy awarded Bell Boeing $146,039,547 to upgrade nine additional MV-22 aircraft under the CC-RAM program, with work expected to be completed in March 2022.

U.S. Marine Corps Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey Aerial Display @ Farnborough 2012

U.S. Marine Corps Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey Flying Display @ Singapore Airshow 2014

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Source: Breaking Travel News

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