Navy Aviation. V-22 Cost and Capability to Meet Requirements Are Yet to Be Determined.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This report conveys the results of our review of the V-22 Osprey program. The program is intended to provide 523 new tilt-rotor aircraft 425 for the Marine Corps, 50 for the Special Operations Command SOCOM, and 48 for the Navy. Since the program began over 15 years ago, Congress has continued to provide funding, while expressing concern that the planned low rate of production is inefficient. Our objective was to review the status of the program to identify areas of potential cost increases or performance challenges and assess whether the aircraft being developed will meet the stated requirements of each of the services. We are addressing the report to the congressional committees that have jurisdiction over the matters we discuss.