Accession Number:

ADA394968

Title:

New Missions for the CV-22 "OSPREY" in a Changing World

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

The CV-22 OSPREY will become operational within the next few years. Although it is seen as a replacement for the aging, but still capable, MH-53J PAVELOW, the CV-22 improves upon the basic operating capabilities of its predecessor. The OSPREY will also be able to perform some of the same missions of the MC-130 COMBAT TALON. The CV-22 must fill the operational missions and roles currently performed by the MH-53, but it is also capable of much more. The task put forth to mission planners, tacticians, and Air Force leaders is to envision new roles and missions for the CV-22 that take advantage of its unique capabilities. After providing background information on the CV-22, the MH-53, and the MC-130, the author defines several likely threats that the military will face in the years to come. By reviewing documents such as Joint Vision 2010, Air Force 2025, and studies by the National Defense Panel and National Defense University, a common picture emerged of the threats and operating environments facing the US military in the next 10 to 15 years. Based on these scenarios the author answers the following research question Based on likely future scenarios, are there new roles or missions that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the CV-22 beyond those already in development

Subject Categories:

  • VSTOL

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE